CN-21-19 New NVRL Tube Guide


NVRL Blood Tube Guide 

Following a number of issues where incorrect sample types have been sent to NVRL for virology testing, an up-to-date guide has been attached to the 'Lab Information' tab on this website. 

Please review this Tube Guide to ensure that the correct sample type is submitted for your required test. 

Queries  can be directed to the NVRL Main Phone number 01-7164401, or via healthmail to

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Delay in turnaround time for some testing


Due to an instrumental move within the NVRL, there may be a delay in turnaround time for Hepatitis B and C PCR, HIV PCR and Hepatitis C genotyping.

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CN-21-17: For Couriers and other deliveries to NVRL – from week beginning 9th August 2021


UCD Estate Services: Notice of changes to Access and Egress at UCD Belfield

Enabling Works for ‘UCD Future Campus Phase 1’ located in the vicinity of the N11 entrance will commence during the week beginning Monday 9th August.

From Monday August 9th vehicular access and circulation routes to the below locations will change:

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Supplies of Aptima® Collection Devices at NVRL


Supplies of Aptima Collection Devices

In July 2020, UCD NVRL issued notice to Users regarding shortage of the following collection devices provided by Hologic:

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CN-21-15: Resumption of T. pallidum RPR testing at NVRL


Following a temporary suspension of T. pallidum RPR testing, NVRL is delighted to inform its users that an alternative assay has been identified and following a successful verification has now been introduced.


Any queries in relation to this notification should be addressed to the Clinical Team on 01-7164418.

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CN-21-14: Customer Notification: T. pallidum RPR testing is temporarily unavailable at NVRL


T. pallidum RPR testing is temporarily unavailable at NVRL


Regrettably NVRL has to inform its users that we are temporarily unable to perform T. pallidum RPR testing. This is due to the discontinuation of the BioKit RPR REDITEST assay. 

NVRL is working to replace this test with a complimentary assay and customers will be notified as soon as possible via this website.

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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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