Malaria reference laboratory (MRL): user handbook

Details of MRL laboratory services including malaria diagnosis.



The Malaria Reference Laboratory (MRL) provides the following services:

  • malaria diagnosis
  • epidemiological data for the PHE Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control (CIDSC)
  • prophylaxis advice for travellers
  • technical advice on methodology and laboratory procedures

These services are offered to:

  • all hospitals
  • PHE and NHS laboratories
  • GPs
  • private medical laboratories throughout the UK and abroad
Published 1 March 2013
Last updated 6 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated staff and telephone numbers, investigation of malaria: polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and PCR turnaround time.
  2. Replaced user handbook with 2016 edition.
  3. Updated guidance on obtaining malaria prophylaxis advice and on procedure for Hazard Group 4 risk specimens.
  4. First published.