CN-21-20: Updated Directions to NVRL, UCD, Belfield Campus


Following on from a number of issues regarding deliveries to NVRL, including out of hours’ sample delivery, please see updated information regarding NVRL location on the UCD Belfield Campus. Maps are provided in this notification.


The NVRL does not have a building specific Eircode, we are working to obtain one with An Post. As an alternative in the meantime, our Google Plus code is the following: 

8Q5H+6Q, Dublin

Entering this code in Google or directly on google maps will give our precise location on campus. 

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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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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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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.

Job Vacancies


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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