UPDATE from NVRL regarding Chlamydia and Neisseria (CT/NG) testing


Dear Colleagues

As the demand for SARS-CoV-2 continues to be very high, UCD NVRL through this notification is informing users of changes in CT/NG  testing.

The turn around time (TAT) for CT/NG testing will be affected. This test will be run at a minimum once a week, from week beginning 6th April 2020.

UCD NVRL sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused by this change. 

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Covid-19 results line


Covid-19 results line 7 days a week

Telephone: (01) 716 4401 and select Option 4

A number of staff are available for COVID-19 results only. 

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Update 2: SARS-CoV-2 testing at the NVRL


Dear Colleagues

As the demand for SARS-CoV-2 testing increases the NVRL is rationalising resources in order to prioritise our response to the COVID-19 epidemic. This notification is to inform you of arrangements for SARS-CoV-2 testing and of changes to the regular NVRL service which are required to facilitate the timely reporting of suspect COVID-19 cases. It is envisaged that additional capacity for testing will also be available in regional hospital laboratories over the coming weeks.

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Update: COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2 testing at the National Virus Reference Laboratory


All potential cases must be discussed with a member of Public Health.


SARS-CoV-2 activity has increased significantly in the EU in recent days, leading to a significant demand for testing at NVRL. 

In addition, the Irish case definition has expanded to include Hong Kong, Iran, Italy (the four northern regions of Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Piedmont, and Veneto), Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.  As such, demand could well increase further in the coming days and weeks.


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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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