Change in NVRL secondary anti HCV test.


From 10th April onwards, the NVRL will be using the Innotest anti-HCV assay instead of the VIDAS anti-HCV assay.

Please continue to request the Architect anti-HCV assay; the Innotest anti-HCV assay is a reflex assay here at the NVRL and will be used as required according to our own testing algorithm(s).

The NVRL IT department will provide specific information including the relevant test request code to all users who interact with us electronically.

Please contact the NVRL at 01 716 1347 if you would like to discuss this matter further.

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CSF testing in cases of suspected Lyme Neuroborreliosis


The NVRL have been advised by the Lyme Disease Service in Public Health England, Porton that a contemporaneous serum sample must accompany all CSF samples requiring testing for Lyme Neuroborreliosis. The serum must be taken on the same day or in extremis within a day either side of the CSF sample.

Please note that CSF samples received in the NVRL without an accompanying serum specimen will not be referred for testing, a minimum volume of 0.5ml (for both serum and CSF) is required.

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The National Virus Reference Laboratory Annual Report for 2017


The National Virus Reference Laboratory Annual Report for 2017 is now avilable in pdf form for download here

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Introduction of Fast-track Meningo/Encephalitis assay delayed


Please note the introduction of the Fast-track Meningo/encephalitis assay has unfortunately been delayed due to a supply issue until May 2018. The NVRL sincerely apologises for this delay and will keep you updated.

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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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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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