MEDFORD, N.Y., Feb. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chembio Diagnostics, Inc. (Nasdaq:CEMI) a leader in point-of-care diagnostic tests for infectious diseases, today provided an update on its discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning the company's CLIA waiver application for its DPP® HIV 1/2 Assay. The DPP® HIV 1/2 Assay was approved by the FDA for professional use under an approved Pre-Marketing Application in December 2012. During 2013 untrained user studies were performed in support of a CLIA waiver application which was filed with the FDA at the end of November. During a recent discussion, the FDA indicated that additional new infections should be detected to strengthen Chembio's data that the DPP HIV 1/2 Assay performs equivalently in the hands of the untrained user as compared to the professional user. Chembio is currently working with the FDA to define the specific additional requirements necessary for satisfactory completion of the CLIA waiver application.

The Company had anticipated that the CLIA waiver would be granted by the end of the first quarter of 2014. The FDA's recent request will delay issuance of the waiver. A new anticipated timetable will be announced when the Company believes it is in a reasonable position to do so.

About Chembio Diagnostics

Chembio Diagnostics, Inc. develops, manufactures, licenses and markets proprietary rapid diagnostic tests in the growing $10 billion point-of-care testing market. Chembio's two FDA PMA-approved, CLIA-waived, rapid HIV tests are marketed in the U.S. by Alere, Inc. Chembio markets its HIV STAT-PAK® line of rapid HIV tests internationally to government and donor-funded programs directly and through distributors. Chembio has developed a patented point-of-care test platform technology, the Dual Path Platform (DPP®) technology, which has significant advantages over lateral-flow technologies. This technology is providing Chembio with a significant pipeline of business opportunities for the development and manufacture of new products based on DPP®. Headquartered in Medford, NY, with approximately 200 employees, Chembio is licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and is certified for the global market under the International Standards Organization (ISO) directive 13.485. For more information, please visit:

Forward-Looking Statements

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Chembio Diagnostics
Susan Norcott
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Vida Strategic Partners (investors)
Stephanie C. Diaz
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