Abbott has received CE mark (Conformite Europeenne) for its Architect 25-OH Vitamin D assay, a new diagnostic test to measure levels of vitamin D in blood using Architect automated instrument system.

The Architect 25-OH Vitamin D assay is a fully-automated immunoassay that can help laboratories manage the expected increase in vitamin D testing volumes.

The assay is used for the quantitative determination of 25-hydroxy vitamin D in human serum and plasma to aid in the assessment of vitamin D sufficiency.

The 25-hydroxy vitamin D test provides an accurate gauge of vitamin D status, and its measurement in patients provides opportunities for preventive and therapeutic interventions.

Abbott Brian Diagnostic Operations senior vice president Blaser said the new vitamin D assay is a valuable and convenient addition for Abbott Architect customers, who now have an automated test to use on samples that previously might have been sent to outside reference labs.

"This will save labs time and money as they work to manage increases in the volume of vitamin D tests they perform," Blaser said.

The Architect 25-OH Vitamin D assay is not approved for use in the US.