******Scheduled Laboratory System Maintenance 13th November*******


Due to scheduled laboratory system maintenance today Monday 13th November from 15:00 there may be a small delay in the reporting of results.

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Limited Service - Monday 16 October - Storm Ophelia


Routine testing has completed today and the NVRL will be reverting to Out of hours testing from 12 noon today.

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UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory - Annual Report 2016


The National Virus Reference Laboratory Annual Report for 2016 can now be viewed on the following link here

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Tube Guide - BD Vacutainer Blood Collection Tubes

You can now check which is the correct collection tube for your sample's by clicking here


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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