ITAP for Monkeypox - POCTRN


Independent Test Assessment Program (ITAP) for Monkeypox Virus Test Validation and Regulatory Authorization


In partnership with the FDA, the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative is soliciting proposals to accelerate the validation, regulatory authorization and commercialization of innovative point-of-care (POC) or home tests that can directly detect Monkeypox Virus and home collection tests for Monkeypox Virus testing.

NIBIB is mobilizing and expanding the focus of the RADx Independent Test Assessment Program (ITAP) to increase availability of high-quality, accurate, and reliable Monkeypox Virus diagnostic tests. NIBIB plans to provide in-kind analytical and clinical testing required by the FDA to accelerate test validation and regulatory review of molecular and antigen-based POC or home diagnostic tests and home collection tests. These efforts will facilitate rapid production and commercialization of Monkeypox Virus tests in the US. 

NIBIB will consider applications from test manufacturers with existing technologies for Monkeypox Virus detection that can quickly scale production and can meet the FDA’s performance standards for authorization .

NIBIB will not consider applications for tests of past Monkeypox Virus infection or immunity (e.g. anti-Monkeypox antibodies).

Evaluation Criteria:

Organizations applying to ITAP will be evaluated for participation based on several criteria, including but not strictly limited to:

  1. Demonstrated capacity for manufacturing and distributing high-quality in vitro diagnostics, AND at least one of the following:
    • An existing technology adapted for POC or home detection of Monkeypox Virus, at design lock, with performance data available
    • An existing Monkeypox Virus test kit available for POC or home diagnostic use in international markets
    • A self-collection kit for Monkey Pox Virus samples which can be modified and optimized for at-home use

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete and submit the ITAP Basic Company Information Form found at the link below. Send inquiries to

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