The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued emergency authorization for the use of human COVID-19 test kits produced by a subsidiary of Westbrook-based Idexx Laboratories Inc.

The effectiveness of the test kits was previously validated by the Institut Pasteur of France, the company said Thursday in a news release. The test kits are being produced by Idexx subsidiary Opti Medical Systems of Roswell, Georgia.

The test kits provide results in roughly two to three-and-a-half hours, Idexx said.

“This advancement is a true reflection of our talented global team coming together and leveraging innovation across our organization to bring a diagnostic solution to support COVID-19 testing during this unprecedented pandemic,” said Jay Mazelsky, president and CEO of Idexx, in the release. Read more