Additional Products and Support Materials for Use of the TaqPath COVID-19 Combo Kit

Your work to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is a vital part of the global effort to improve patient outcomes. Thermo Fisher Scientific has the right scientific expertise to partner with you. As an established single-source provider of cutting-edge solutions, knowledge-filled resources, and world-class support, we are uniquely poised to assist you in every step of your workflow.

To enable clinical and public health laboratories to quickly diagnose COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection, Thermo Fisher Scientific developed the Applied Biosystems TaqPath COVID-19 Combo Kit—a fast, highly sensitive multiplex diagnostic solution that contains both the assays and controls needed for the real-time PCR detection of RNA from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The kit is only under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In addition to the necessary instruments and products featured in the protocol for the TaqPath COVID-19 Combo Kit, there are additional recommended products to run your real-time PCR workflow and the support materials below to ensure proper lab readiness.

For in vitro diagnostic use. Intended use of the additional products mentioned on this page vary. For specific intended use statements please refer to the product label.

Additional products
Water, Molecular Biology Grade, Fisher BioReagents Various
Ethanol, absolute (200 proof), ACS reagent–gradeor equivalent BP2818100, BP2818500, BP28184

Lab item

Recommended product

Catalog number

Aerosol-resistant barrier pipette tips, various sizes 1-1000 μL

Aerosol-resistant barrier tips compatible with F1 and E1-Clip Tip pipettes


Centrifuge with rotor for microplates (to spin reaction mix before load into instrument)

Sorvall General Purpose Centrifuges, various





Safety glasses



Laboratory coat



Microcentrifuge tube rack for 1.5 mL tubes Thermo Scientific Flipper
Tube Rack for 1.5 mL & 2.0 mL Tubes
8760, 8770-11, 8780
Cold blocks, or ice and ice buckets Thermo Scientific Benchtop Coolers 5116130005-403-00
Nonstick, RNase-free microcentrifuge tubes
(1.5 mL and2.0 mL) AM12400AM12425

Microcentrifuge tubes, nonstick, RNase-free, 1.5 mL (250 tubes)

or Low Retention Microcentrifuge Tubes

Nonstick, RNase-free Microfuge Tubes, 1.5 mL

Thermo Scientific™ Snap Cap Low Retention Microcentrifuge Tubes



Incubator capable of reaching 65ºC, with slatted shelves


[1] To avoid contamination, it is highly recommended to have separate sets of pipettes for samples and extraction, PCR reaction setup, and any post-PCR processing. Ideally these steps should all be performed in separate laboratory spaces as well. Always follow necessary precautions when handling patient samples.

Additional support materials


Technical information for LIMS integration of COVID-19 Interpretive Software

For customers using our TaqPath COVID-19 kits, technical information is now available that provides information laboratories need to integrate QuantStudio 5 and 7500 series real-time PCR system data into an existing laboratory information system (LIS) or laboratory information management system (LIMS).

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