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.

24 March 2020 – Update to service provision

Please be advised that while we are currently able to continue to offer a diagnostic service from Monday to Friday, we will be closing the laboratory each day at 4pm. Any samples arriving after 3pm may not be processed until the next working day. Please telephone us in advance to discuss any case that you consider urgent.

Please ensure that you check this website and our telephone message on 020 7927 2427 for any future updates regarding service provision.

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 24 March 2020 + show all updates
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