The Virus reference department (VRD) offers a wide range of immuno and molecular assays for the assessment of immune responses to viruses and molecular detection of viruses of public health importance.
VRD is a World Health Organization (WHO) Global Specialised measles and rubella laboratory and contains WHO accredited national laboratories for influenza and poliovirus.
VRD’s work embraces both reference functions supporting NHS and public health activity and has particular expertise in the detection and characterisation of:
sexually transmitted and blood borne viral pathogens
enteric and respiratory viruses
VRD is made up of 8 units:
Antiviral unit (AVU)
Blood borne virus unit (BBVU)
Clinical services unit (CSU)
Enteric virus unit (EVU)
Human papillomavirus reference unit (HPU)
Immunisation and diagnosis unit (IDU)
Respiratory virus unit (RVU)
Serological development unit (SDU)
Important service update
To enable UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) reference and specialist laboratories to continue to provide critical support to the enhanced COVID-19 incident, some service delivery changes have been made with immediate effect.
The situation is regularly reviewed, and the laboratory will communicate the most recent update to the customers via E-lab. For the most current information, kindly contact the relevant department using the contact details provided in the VRD user manual.
Virus Reference Department (VRD)
UK Health Security Agency 61 Colindale Avenue London NW9 5HT