Malaria reference laboratory (Malaria RL)

Malaria RL provides laboratory reference and diagnostic parasitology of malaria, and surveillance data on all imported malaria reported in the UK.

As of 1 June 2022, in response to the current malaria rapid diagnostic test (RDT) supply situation, the malaria reference laboratory (MRL) will aim to provide material to aid verification of kits.

Please contact the laboratory on 020 7927 2427 for further information.

Malaria reference laboratory

The malaria reference laboratory (Malaria RL) provides an extensive service to users in the UK, including:

  • malaria diagnosis
  • epidemiological data
  • prophylaxis advice to health professionals (risk assessment forms should be sent by email to
  • technical advice on methodology and laboratory procedures

A UKAS accredited medical laboratory No. 9148


Dawn Britten

Quality Manager
Malaria Reference Laboratory
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Keppel Street


Telephone (for diagnostic laboratory only) 020 7927 2427


Published 8 August 2014
Last updated 1 June 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added statement about current malaria rapid diagnostic test (RDT) supply situation.

  2. Added Christmas closure notice and customer questionnaire.

  3. Removed update about service provision.

  4. Added update about service provision.

  5. Updated contact details for Malaria Reference Laboratory (Malaria RL).

  6. First published.