Change in NVRL secondary anti-HBc and anti-HTLV I/II tests


From 19th February onwards, the NVRL will be using the anti-HBc Total Liaison XL test instead of the anti-HBc Total Biorad test and the anti-HTLV I/II Liaison XL test instead of the anti-HTLV I/II Murex test.

Whilst this move was scheduled for April, we have had to bring it forward due to unexpected difficulty with accessing BioRad kits for the anti-HBc.

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NVRL test name description changes


In order to standardise our test naming system, the following format will be used: virus, target, test kit name or identification of the test as a laboratory developed test (LDT). Unfortunately, our Laboratory Information System (LIS) is limited to only 30 characters. As a result, some viruses such as Hepatitis B (HBV) and Japanese Encephalitis (JEV) and some kit names such as FastTrack (FT) may have to be abbreviated. The following are some examples of the recent changes:

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Changes to viral gastroenteritis testing


From December 11th (postponed from December 4th) onwards the NVRL will routinely screen all specimens received for viral gastroenteritis testing for the presence of the Rotarix rotavirus vaccine strain. This service will enable improved clinical interpretation of Rotavirus positive results. Rotarix may be excreted following vaccination and is detectable by the majority of Rotavirus tests.

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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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