Laboratory Service Christmas 2018


The following arrangements are in place for UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory service over the Christmas period.


Please click here to view arrangements.



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Resumption of HAV IgG testing


Further to previous correspondence dated 04/10/18, I am happy to advise that the NVRL has been able to secure kits of unaffected lot numbers.

HAV IgG testing was restored the afternoon of Thur 4th Oct when an unaffected lot number was procured. All affected lot numbers have now been replaced and no further delays are anticipated.

We are currently working with the supplier Abbott Laboratories to ascertain the impact, if any, on previously tested samples and may be in touch further as necessary.

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HAV IgG Testing - Notice


In accordance with the Field Safety Notice(FSN) document avilable in the link below, there is currently no HAV IgG testing available at the NVRL.

Please note that HAV IgM testing is still available as we have an alternative assay platform on site.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and assure you that we are working with the manufacturer to recommence HAV IgG testing locally as soon as possible.

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Update on changes to viral meningitis/encephalitis diagnostic testing


Further to our previous correspondence in relation to the above issue, please accept our apologies for the delay implementing same.

Whilst this move was scheduled for March, we had to postpone it due to unexpected difficulties accessing kits. We believe this issue has now been resolved. As such, from June 27th onwards, the NVRL will screen all Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) specimens received for testing using the FTlyo Viral meningitis real-time PCR assay from Fast-Track Diagnostics (FTD).

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Change in NVRL secondary anti HCV test.


From 10th April onwards, the NVRL will be using the Innotest anti-HCV assay instead of the VIDAS anti-HCV assay.

Please continue to request the Architect anti-HCV assay; the Innotest anti-HCV assay is a reflex assay here at the NVRL and will be used as required according to our own testing algorithm(s).

The NVRL IT department will provide specific information including the relevant test request code to all users who interact with us electronically.

Please contact the NVRL at 01 716 1347 if you would like to discuss this matter further.

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CSF testing in cases of suspected Lyme Neuroborreliosis


The NVRL have been advised by the Lyme Disease Service in Public Health England, Porton that a contemporaneous serum sample must accompany all CSF samples requiring testing for Lyme Neuroborreliosis. The serum must be taken on the same day or in extremis within a day either side of the CSF sample.

Please note that CSF samples received in the NVRL without an accompanying serum specimen will not be referred for testing, a minimum volume of 0.5ml (for both serum and CSF) 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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