Christmas 2016 -Opening Hours


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


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New Online Forms Launched for Release of Patient Results & Requesting Results


Two new online forms have been launched on our website.

The first form is for the release of results to a clinician OTHER than the original requesting clinician. This form can be viewed here

The second form is for the release of copy results to the original requesting source only*. This form can be viewed here

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Respiratory Screening at the NVRL


For the upcoming respiratory season, the NVRL will routinely carry out Influenza A (including H1/H3 subtype analysis), Influenza B, RSV, Parainfluenza viruses 1-4, Adenovirus and Human Metapneumonvirus testing on all requests for respiratory virus investigations. All testing will be carried out using molecular methods.

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Customer Survey


Our customer survey is a valulable way for us to gather feedback and suggestions  from our customers. Please use the link below to view the survey.

Customer Survey Link

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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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