Results line service suspended


Due to the high volume of testing in the NVRL unfortunately at this time we cannot offer a result line service. Urgent medical enquiries can be notified via our secure email We apologise for the inconvenience and expect to resume this service as soon as possible.

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OraCol samples will no longer be tested for IgM antibody response to measles, mumps or rubella


Due to the ongoing pandemic of SARS-CoV-2, from henceforth (until further notice) only molecular investigations for measles, rubella or mumps RNA (PCR) will be performed on the OraCol collection devices. 

No IgM testing for measles, rubella or mumps will be performed

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Notification of current supply constraints on Aptima Collection Devices


UCD NVRL has been notified by HOLOGIC that, an unprecedented sudden and significant global demand for COVID-19 testing has placed supply constraints on their Collection Devices:

• Aptima® Multitest Swab Specimen Collection Kit PRD-03546
• Aptima® Urine Specimen Collection Kit No.301040
• Aptima® Unisex Swab Specimen Collection Kit No. 301041

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Customer Notification of change in the contact number for NVRL Out of Hours Service


UCD NVRL has been informed by our service provider that our current contact number for our Urgent Out of Hours Call Back service (Voxpro 021-4521935) is being changed as part of a system upgrade.

If seeking SARS-CoV-2 results please note these are not available using the NVRL out of hours number, please telephone 1850 24 1850

The on-call service can now be accessed outside normal hours by contacting 01-7164050. This will connect you to the call back service. As before, when using this number, the following information is required:


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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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