Change in Syphilis RPR assay to Fortress RPR


The NVRL has been notified that the Axis Shield T. pallidum RPR assay is no longer available.

NVRL is delighted to inform its users that an alternative assay has been identified, the Fortress RPR assay, and following a successful verification is to be introduced as of Tuesday 16th May 2023.


Any queries in relation to this notification should be addressed to the Clinical Team on 01-7164401.

Reference: CN-23-8

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Infographic and Video in relation to National Serosurveillance Programme

At the request of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, HPSC, NVRL is pleased to share the infographic and video prepared in relation to the National Serosurveillance Programme. 
I have included the link to the video here.
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Change in NVRL Mycoplasma pneumoniae testing


Change in NVRL Mycoplasma pneumoniae testing

 – implementation date 6th March 2023


NVRL is delighted to inform our users that as of 6th March 2023 we will be investigating serum samples requesting Mycoplasma pneumoniae for IgM and IgG antibodies.

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Change in NVRL Hepatitis E screening: UPDATE – implementation date 6th March 2023




NVRL previously notified our users that we are replacing the Fortress HEV IgM assay in favour of Diasorin Liaison XL HEV IgM assay and also introducing a supplementary second line Vidas HEV IgM assay to confirm Diasorin reactive samples.

This change was delayed due to supply issues, which have now been resolved. NVRL is very pleased to advise customers that this change will be implemented from 6th March 2023.

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Human Monkeypox Virus Testing at NVRL


As of today, October 24th 2022, UCD NVRL is reducing Monkeypox Virus (MPXV) testing to three days per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday).

This is due to both the reduction in sample numbers received for testing and the overall positivity rate.

 Samples received by 11AM will be reported the same day.  Any sample received after this time will be stored on site for the next run.

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NVRL is pleased to Advise Customers of our new EIRCODE


NVRL is very pleased to inform customers that an Eircode has been assigned.

Please see below. This Eircode should aid deliveries in locating our premises.

Please address any queries to the Customer Care Officer at 01-7161257

EirCode finder

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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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