Customer Notification:Introduction of Rapid Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type-1 (HIV-1) & Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Viral Load Testing


From October 2019 onwards, the NVRL will offer same day testing for HIV-1 and HCV RNA using the Cepheid GeneXpert® system.  Intended for use in urgent cases only, where a rapid result will directly affect the course of, or access to treatment, this service may be accessed following telephone consultation with a member of the NVRL clinical team.  Please note that both the HIV-1 and HCV viral load assays require 1 mL plasma for testing.

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Customer Notification: Field Safety Notification from HOLOGIC re Aptima Combo 2 Assay specific for the detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoea


UCD NVRL has been notified of the identification of a novel Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) variant, first detected in Finland in March 2019. As per the FSN from Hologic  (Ref FA-00095), an updated testing algorithm is now in place to ensure the recovery of this variant. Details of the revised testing strategies are included in the FSN. Please note that extra CT testing may occasionally be necessary to comply with the FSN. To date, no CT variants have been detected

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UCD NVRL Virus Testing Index now available


For more information please click here.

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Change to INAB Accreditation Status for assays highlighted below

The following laboratory investigations have been amended:

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NVRL INAB Update: Sexual Health Laboratory


Sexual Health Laboratory at UCD NVRL: Change to INAB accreditation status

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Introducing the 2019 UCD NVRL User Survey


UCD NVRL provides a consultant-delivered, quality driven, clinically relevant, diagnostic and reference virology service for the investigation of patient samples,in line with national and international ‘best practice’ (UCD NVRL Quality Policy, Ed 14.0, 2018).

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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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