Handling of samples from suspected Monkeypox virus (MPXV) cases


The current outbreak of Human Monkeypox infections (HMI) has resulted in samples being sent to UCD NVRL for Orthopox and MPXV West African Clade specific PCR. 

It is vital that samples for MPXV are transported to UCD NVRL as a Category A pathogens. Please see here the link to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) regarding transport of these samples.

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Customer Notifications regarding Extended Expiry Dating of some Aptima Lots


Please see below links to Customer Technical Bulletins that were received from Hologic in response to recent shortages of Aptima Collection Devices (ACDs). This CN has been updated 21st June 2022.

Extended Expiry Dating studies were completed at Hologic and the links below contain data relating to lot numbers for Urine and Multitest Collection Kits and updated expiry dates.

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Changes to NVRL testing, regarding Measles IgM and Rubella IgM


Changes to NVRL testing, regarding Measles IgM and Rubella IgM


Following a review of testing at NVRL, it was noted that Measles IgM investigations were being requested as part of a general viral screen.  Measles IgM testing should be performed when there is a high index of suspicion that the patient has an acute measles infection.  In addition, an oral fluid sample should be collected for measles RNA, to facilitate genotyping to identify transmission pathways

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Re-introduction of HIV Resistance Testing at NVRL


NVRL is delighted to inform our users that the suspension of in-house HIV Drug Resistance testing (test code ARIA) has ended.

NVRL is now completing testing in-house and specimens will no longer be referred to the UK.

This CN replaces earlier Notifications, published in 2021 (CN-21-13 and CN-21-25)

NVRL sincerely apologises for any inconvenience that was caused during the suspension. Please contact the Clinical Team with any queries on 01-7164401

(Reference: CN-22-7)

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Update: Notification of Global Supply Shortage of Hologic Aptima Collection Devices


From March 1st 2022 UCD NVRL were made aware of global shortages of the following collection devices provided by Hologic:

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Notice of UCD Campus Works – from March 21st 2022 until further notice



The next phase of the UCD Future Campus Phase 1 enabling works is scheduled to commence on Monday March 21st and will have an impact for all campus users using the R138/N11/Stillorgan Road entrance to campus. 

For this phase of works access and egress routes for the R138/N11 entrance will alter.

 From Monday 21st March please note that:

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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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