Delay in HBV DNA testing - UPDATE


*** The technical issue has now been resolved and testing has resumed as nornal***

Due to a technical issue, there is a delay in HBV DNA testing. We hope to resolve this issue and resume testing on Monday 5th September 2016.

Refurbishment Works


The virus isolation unit (VI) at the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) will undergo refurbishment between August and October 2016. This will limit the capacity of the VI unit to culture clinical samples referred during this period, as only a minimum number of cell lines will be maintained. Therefore, the priority during this period will be to ensure that the World Health Organisation (WHO) programmes for polio, measles and rubella eradication continue and are available to investigate clinically compatible cases.

Oral Testing Kits - New Stock


We have just taken delivery of new stock for oral swab testing. This follows a shortage due to a recent outbreak of measles in parts of the country. All our testing kits can be ordered on our website here.

Online Form Launched for Requesting Additional Testing


Additional testing can now be requested via the new online form here or under Laboratory Information > Request Additional Testing for a Patient 

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 3rd Edition "Medical laboratories - Requirements for quality and competence".


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