We have been conducting RT-qPCR tests for viruses since 2002 as part of Ontario's West Nile Virus mosquito surveillance and virus testing program. We are licensed under the Ontario Ministry of Health to conduct RT-qPCR tests of human swabs for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Sometimes this is referred to as NAAT testing, or simply, PCR testing. We are ISO 15189 accredited.
We use Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) approved reagents and instruments to meet the Gold Standard of testing for SARS-CoV-2. We work with businesses to test asymptomatic employees to make sure that COVID-19 stays out of the workplace. We also work with Travel Clinics whose patients require COVID-19 PCR testing for travel.
We are committed to helping in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 by asymptomatic people. We provide results within 24 hours of receiving swabs at the lab. Patients who are experiencing symptoms must go to Public Health for testing.
If you run a Travel Clinic and want to offer COVID-19 Testing Services for your patients, we can help. The Ontario Ministry of Health requires that COVID-19 tests must be requisitioned by a physician or nurse practitioner and a nasopharyngeal swab, the preferred specimen type, must be collected by a clinician or nurse. Within 24 hours of specimens arriving at our laboratory, the requisitioning clinician will be able to login to our secure password-protected portal to see and download results. Our equipment and assay kits are approved by Public Health Agency of Canada. emDx, a division of Entomogen Inc., is a licensed medical laboratory through the Ontario Ministry of Health (Licence No. 5813) and is ISO 15189 accredited.
If you are wanting to test people in a congregate setting (e.g., a business wishing to test employees, or a College wishing to test staff and students), we can help. If you do not have your own Requisitioning Clinician, we can connect you with one. Specimen types other than nasopharyngeal swabs (e.g., self-collected saliva samples) are acceptable for this type of Assurance Testing. Specimens will still be tested using RT-qPCR, the gold standard for COVID-19 testing. We offer results within 24 hours, i.e., from the time we receive your specimens in the lab to the time your results are posted on our secure password-protected portal. Please contact us to discuss your needs.
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada