Global Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests Market SIZE AND SHARE ANALYSIS - GROWTH TRENDS AND FORECASTS (undefined)

Global Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests Market is Segmented By Test Type (Rapid Molecular Assays, Rapid Immunoassay, and Others), By Influenza Type (Influenza Type A, Influenza Type B, Influenza Type C, and Others), By Specimen Type (Nasopharyngeal Swab, Nasal Swab, Throat Swab, and Others), By End User (Diagnostic Laboratories, Diagnostic Laboratories, Diagnostic Laboratories, and Others), By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa) . The report offers the value (in USD billion) for the above-mentioned segments.

Global Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests Market Size

Market Size in USD


Study Period2023 - 2030
Base Year of Estimation2022
Fastest Growing MarketAsia Pacific
Largest MarketNorth America
Market ConcentrationHigh
Major PlayersQuidel Corporation, Becton Dickinson and Company, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Abbott Laboratories, F.Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.
*Disclaimer: Major players are listed in no particular order.
*Source: Coherent Market Insights
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Global Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests Market Analysis

The rapid influenza diagnostic tests market size is expected to reach US$ 2.20 Bn by 2030, from US$ 1.29 Bn in 2023, at a CAGR of 7.9% during the forecast period. Rapid influenza diagnostic tests are used for the quick and accurate detection of influenza viruses from respiratory specimens. These tests are immunochromatographic assays that identify influenza viral nucleoprotein antigens in respiratory samples, providing results much faster compared to other diagnostic methods. The growing burden of seasonal influenza and the need for timely diagnosis are the key factors driving the demand for rapid influenza diagnostic tests.

The rapid influenza diagnostic tests market is segmented based on test type, end user, influenza type, specimen type, end user, and region. By test type, the market is segmented into rapid molecular assays, rapid immunoassays, and others. The rapid immunoassays segment accounted for the largest share in 2022. The large share of this segment can be attributed to the easy availability, low cost, and quick turnaround time of rapid immunoassays.

Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests Market Drivers:

  • Increasing prevalence of seasonal influenza: The rising prevalence of seasonal influenza across the globe is a major factor driving the demand for rapid diagnostic testing. According to World Health Organization (WHO), annual influenza epidemics affect 3-5 million individuals worldwide, resulting in 290,000-650,000 deaths due to respiratory disorders. The increasing incidence of influenza is leading to a growing need for timely diagnosis to facilitate appropriate antiviral treatment and infection control. The use of rapid diagnostic tests allows for the quick identification of influenza cases, within 30 minutes, to aid in prompt clinical management decisions. Additionally, the ability of rapid tests to differentiate between influenza A and B subtypes assists in targeted therapeutic approaches. The growing disease burden of seasonal flu is therefore fueling the greater adoption of rapid influenza diagnostic assays.
  • Growing demand for point-of-care influenza testing: The demand for rapid, point-of-care influenza testing has risen significantly over recent years owing to the need for decentralized diagnosis. Rapid influenza diagnostic tests can be performed in close proximity to the patient rather than sending samples to reference labs. The provision of quick results through POC (Point-of-Care) testing allows physicians to prescribe appropriate antiviral drugs during the patient visit. Moreover, the implementation of POC influenza testing in outpatient settings reduces unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions and hospital admissions. The rising demand for POC testing is boosting the use of rapid influenza diagnostic assays in clinical settings.
  • Technological advancements in rapid influenza testing: Continuous advancements in rapid diagnostic technologies are supporting the market growth. Companies are focused on developing assays with higher sensitivity, quicker turnaround times and ability to differentiate between influenza A subtypes.
  • Increasing initiatives by government health agencies: Various awareness initiatives and recommendations by government health agencies are catalyzing greater uptake of rapid influenza testing. For example, CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) advises the use of rapid influenza diagnostic tests for clinical decision-making during flu season. Additionally, the availability of reimbursements and insurance coverage for rapid flu testing encourages its adoption in clinical settings. Such guidelines and favorable policies by health authorities are promoting the wider use of rapid assays for timely influenza diagnosis and management.

Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests Market Opportunities:

  • Growth opportunities in emerging markets: Emerging markets across Latin America, Asia Pacific, and Middle East represent significant growth opportunities owing to the large target population and rising healthcare expenditure. The epidemiology of influenza is gradually increasing in developing economies due to various factors like urbanization, tourism, and climate change. Moreover, investments in healthcare infrastructure and access to affordable diagnostics are rising in these regions. Key players can focus on entering emerging economies by developing cost-effective and simple rapid influenza tests tailored to regional needs. In March 2023, Virax Biolabs, a biotechnology company announced a distribution agreement for the distribution of Avian Influenza A Virus ("AIV") real-time PCR test kit to CE-marked markets, especially the European Union. The test kit detects and distinguishes ribonucleic acid from AIV and the H5, H7, and H9 subtypes including the H5N1 strain circulating in Europe.
  • Increasing adoption of multiplex molecular assays: The adoption of multiplex molecular assays that can simultaneously detect and differentiate between influenza A, influenza B, and other respiratory pathogens in a single test is rising. These syndromic multiplex tests provide faster results and higher accuracy compared to conventional rapid assays. Players operating in the rapid influenza diagnostic tests market can focus on technologically advanced multiplex assays to gain a competitive edge. Additionally, the integration of multiplex technologies with point-of-care testing platforms provides significant growth prospects.
  • Growing demand for OTC rapid testing: There is a growing consumer preference for over-the-counter rapid diagnostic testing for influenza monitoring and management. The availability of accurate, easy-to-use OTC influenza tests allows individuals to get timely results in the comfort of home. Leading players are developing advanced OTC rapid assays to cater to rising consumer demand for self-testing. The flourishing rapid influenza diagnostic tests market provides lucrative opportunities for expansion in the rapid influenza diagnostics space. Companies can focus on differentiated OTC products to strengthen their market position.

Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests Market Restraints:

  • Pricing pressure due to intense competition: The rapid influenza diagnostic tests market is highly competitive with the presence of numerous regional and global industry players. The high intensity of competition puts pricing pressure, negatively impacting the profit margins and market share of companies. Small and medium players have to considerably undercut prices to gain the market share. This pricing pressure acts as a major restraint for players in the influenza rapid testing market. Companies are forced to compromise on marketing expenditures amid shrinking profit margins.
  • Limitations of rapid antigen testing: Rapid influenza antigen detection tests have lower sensitivity compared to molecular techniques for influenza diagnosis. According to CDC, the sensitivity of rapid influenza tests ranges from 50-70% implying false negative results. Moreover, rapid tests are only qualitative assays, thus do not provide viral load measurements. The limitations around sensitivity and quantification hinder the utility of antigen-based rapid influenza tests. This is restricting widespread adoption among physicians despite benefits such as quick turnaround time.
  • Stringent regulatory requirements: Stringent regulations related to diagnostic test approvals across various countries are hampering the growth of the rapid influenza testing market. In the U.S., influenza rapid tests need 510(k) clearance from the U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) which is an expensive and time-consuming process. Additionally, the need for clinical validation data to establish sensitivity and specificity adds to market entry barriers. Similar strict approval regulations are present in Europe and other countries, thereby restricting product commercialization. This negatively impacts player investments and margins.