MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday said GenAmplify version 2, a locally-made reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test kit is now ready for commercial use.

“After several months of collaboration, we are proud to say, GenAmplify version 2, the country’s very own PT-PCR test kit, is finally ready for commercial use,” the DOH said in a statement.

DOH lauded the Manila Health Tek team for their “commitment to excellence and safety, as they worked closely with our independent laboratory expert panel in addressing key issues of version 1 of GenAmplify.”

Earlier, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said the test kit passed the confirmatory testing conducted by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and the Committee on Laboratory Expert Panel.

Dela Peña added that the DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development created the test kit.

“As with other medical products and devices, performance of the kit will be regularly monitored,” DOH said. (PNA)