• CN-21-13: HIV Resistance testing continues to be unavailable at NVRL


    Customer Notification: HIV Resistance testing continues to be unavailable at NVRL

     Due to continued staffing constraints at the NVRL, the temporary suspension of in-house HIV drug resistance announced on 17th November 2020 (CN-20-30) remains in place. Specimens for resistance testing will be referred to PHE Colindale until further notice, and subsequent referral reports will be issued to users.  No change to the test request codes is required.

    NVRL sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused. Please contact the Clinical Team with any queries on 01-7164418.

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  • CN-21-11: Following HSE Ransomware attack, NVRL advises Users that the laboratory is operating as normal


    THE HSE Ransomware attack has caused major issues across the Laboratory Network in recent days.

    UCD NVRL is outside this and is operating a Normal Laboratory Testing Service.

    Reporting of results however is affected, and reports can only be issued in hard copy, until further notice.


    NVRL apologises for any inconvenience caused.

    Please contact the Quality office on 01-7164444 if you have any queries.


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  • CN-21-10: Healthcare Lab of the Year 2021


    April 29th 2021

    Notification to all our users.

    The National Virus Reference Laboratory is delighted to advise all our users that the laboratory has received the ‘Healthcare Laboratory of the Year’ Award at the Irish Laboratory Awards 2021 ceremony, held today via Zoom.

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  • CN-21-9: Customer Notification – Resumption of CT/NG testing following delivery of Aptima Combo 2® Kits


    Resumption of CT/NG testing at NVRL

    NVRL is delighted to inform Service Users of the delivery of supplies of Aptima Combo 2® kits – for Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoea (NG) testing.

    Delays in supplies of kits due to the ongoing Brexit-related supply chain problems necessitated publication of CN-21-7 on 26th March.

    Orders for these kits have now been fulfilled by Hologic® and this means that NVRL can resume normal service in relation to CT/NG testing from 1st April 2021.

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  • CN-21-8: Referral of specimens to NVRL for SARS-CoV-2 Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS)


    Positive samples with Ct values of 25 or lower can be processed for SARS-CoV-2 WGS.

    Please indicate the initial Ct value on the request form accompanying the sample to ensure the sample will be processed.  The assay requires 500µL of sample material, either inactivating swab medium or a non-lysing transport medium.  Other sample types may be processed by prior arrangement.

    For outbreak investigations, users are requested to send no more than 10 samples in total, ideally including the index case, unless multiple introduction events are suspected.

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  • CN-21-7: Customer Notification – Shortage of Aptima Combo 2® Kits


    Important Notification to NVRL Users of Current Shortage in Aptima Combo 2® kits – week beginning 22nd March 2021 for Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoea (NG) testing.

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  • CN-21-6: Update in relation to Luminex Nx TAG Respiratory Pathogen Panel


    Luminex Respiratory Panel includes test for SARS-CoV-2

    We have had a number of queries in recent weeks in relation to the Luminex Nx TAG Respiratory Panel – test code LRSC.

    This test has been the NVRL first line assay for Influenza and other Respiratory viruses since December 2017. In the setting of the pandemic, the formulation was updated to include SARS-CoV-2.

    NVRL introduced this new assay on 15th January 2021. As a result, all samples received at NVRL for Influenza and Respiratory viruses are routinely tested for SARS-CoV-2.

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  • CN-21-5: Update in relation to HCV Ag testing at NVRL


    HCV Ag testing: Normal Service Resumes

    NVRL is delighted to announce that we have received delivery of Abbott Architect HCV Ag kits. HCV Ag testing will now be carried out as requested by our users.

    This return of service will lower the demand for HCV RNA tests.

    NVRL thanks users for patience and adaptability over the past months in relation to this issue. 

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  • UPDATE from NVRL regarding Satellite Laboratory at Backweston Campus Celbridge


    CN-21-4 – Addendum

    Following the publication of this customer notification on Friday 5th March 2021, from today 8th March 2021 all SARS CoV-2 RNA swab testing is now taking place at the NVRL Satellite Lab in Backweston. As with any change there have been a few teething issues today.

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  • UCD-National Virus Reference Laboratory consolidates COVID-19 testing at new satellite laboratory


    CN-21-4: As part of the programme to support the national pandemic response, the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) with the support of the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine, is consolidating COVID-19 testing at a single satellite laboratory at Backweston, Co. Kildare from March 8th 2021.   From this date all COVID related testing will be undertaken at the Backweston site, enabling the UCD laboratory site to focus on non-COVID testing.

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