CN-21-10: Healthcare Lab of the Year 2021


April 29th 2021

Notification to all our users.

The National Virus Reference Laboratory is delighted to advise all our users that the laboratory has received the ‘Healthcare Laboratory of the Year’ Award at the Irish Laboratory Awards 2021 ceremony, held today via Zoom.

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CN-21-9: Customer Notification – Resumption of CT/NG testing following delivery of Aptima Combo 2® Kits


Resumption of CT/NG testing at NVRL

NVRL is delighted to inform Service Users of the delivery of supplies of Aptima Combo 2® kits – for Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoea (NG) testing.

Delays in supplies of kits due to the ongoing Brexit-related supply chain problems necessitated publication of CN-21-7 on 26th March.

Orders for these kits have now been fulfilled by Hologic® and this means that NVRL can resume normal service in relation to CT/NG testing from 1st April 2021.

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CN-21-8: Referral of specimens to NVRL for SARS-CoV-2 Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS)


Positive samples with Ct values of 25 or lower can be processed for SARS-CoV-2 WGS.

Please indicate the initial Ct value on the request form accompanying the sample to ensure the sample will be processed.  The assay requires 500µL of sample material, either inactivating swab medium or a non-lysing transport medium.  Other sample types may be processed by prior arrangement.

For outbreak investigations, users are requested to send no more than 10 samples in total, ideally including the index case, unless multiple introduction events are suspected.

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CN-21-6: Update in relation to Luminex Nx TAG Respiratory Pathogen Panel


Luminex Respiratory Panel includes test for SARS-CoV-2

We have had a number of queries in recent weeks in relation to the Luminex Nx TAG Respiratory Panel – test code LRSC.

This test has been the NVRL first line assay for Influenza and other Respiratory viruses since December 2017. In the setting of the pandemic, the formulation was updated to include SARS-CoV-2.

NVRL introduced this new assay on 15th January 2021. As a result, all samples received at NVRL for Influenza and Respiratory viruses are routinely tested for SARS-CoV-2.

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CN-21-5: Update in relation to HCV Ag testing at NVRL


HCV Ag testing: Normal Service Resumes

NVRL is delighted to announce that we have received delivery of Abbott Architect HCV Ag kits. HCV Ag testing will now be carried out as requested by our users.

This return of service will lower the demand for HCV RNA tests.

NVRL thanks users for patience and adaptability over the past months in relation to this issue. 

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UPDATE from NVRL regarding Satellite Laboratory at Backweston Campus Celbridge


CN-21-4 – Addendum

Following the publication of this customer notification on Friday 5th March 2021, from today 8th March 2021 all SARS CoV-2 RNA swab testing is now taking place at the NVRL Satellite Lab in Backweston. As with any change there have been a few teething issues today.

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About the NVRL

The UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) provides a diagnostic and reference service for clinicians investigating viral infections throughout Ireland. The laboratory is affiliated to the University College Dublin School of Medicine. The NVRL have provided a virology diagnostic service to the Irish health service for over forty years.

We currently perform over 700,000 tests annually, involving some 120 tests for 40 different pathogens and provide specialist reference services which have been developed as a result of medical and technical expertise built over many years. We are proud to offer our service users accredited tests in line with national and international “best practice”.

Hours of service

Normal Opening Hours:        Monday to Friday:       8.00 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.

The laboratory routinely operates from 8.00 am to 6.00 p.m. daily but officially opens from 8.00am to 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

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The NVRL is accredited by the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) to undertake testing as detailed in the Schedule bearing the Registration Number 326MT, in compliance with the International Standard ISO/IEC 15189:2012 "Medical laboratories - Requirements for quality and competence".


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