Molecular

  1. Scheme (click for more info)
    Examinations
    Sample Format
    Distributions per year
    Samples per distribution
    Scoring
  2. CMV DNA quantification
    CMV DNA quantification
    Freeze dried human plasma
    2
    2
    Reported log difference in viral load between the specimen pair
  3. EBV DNA quantification
    Freeze dried human plasma
    2
    2
    Reported log difference in viral load between the specimen pair
  4. HBV DNA quantification
    HBV DNA quantification
    Freeze dried human serum
    2
    4
    Reported log difference in viral load between the specimen pairs
  5. HCV RNA qualitative detection, quantification and genotyping
    Freeze dried human plasma
    3
    2
    Based separately on the relevant markers reported: Qualitative: presence or absence Quantitative detection: Reported log difference in viral load between the specimen pair Genotyping: correct identification
  6. HIV-1 RNA quantification
    Freeze dried human plasma
    3
    2
    Reported log difference in viral load between the specimen pair
  7. Direct and post culture detection of Mycobacteria and rifampicin susceptibility testing Genotyping results are also collated & presented for in-house comparisons
    Freeze dried simulated sputum
    3
    2
    Presence or absence of Mycobacteria and rifampicin resistance
  8. Molecular detection of Chlamydia trachomatis & Neisseria gonorrhoeae
    Detection of Chlamydia trachomatis & Neisseria gonorrhoeae DNA
    Simulated liquid urine and vaginal swab
    3
    4
    Presence or absence of Chlamydia trachomatis & Neisseria gonorrhoeae DNA
  9. Molecular detection of HPV
    Detecting of HPV high risk genotypes in endocervical specimens and genotyping
    Endocervical liquid based cytology specimens or cervical cell line material
    3
    4
    Presence or absence of HPV high risk genotypes. Genotype results are currently not scored
  10. Detection of respiratory viruses: influenza viruses, adenoviruses, respiratory syncytial viruses, rhino- viruses, bocavirus, enteroviruses, metapneumovirus, parechoviruses, coronaviruses and parainfluenza viruses
    Freeze dried simulated nasopharyngeal aspirate or nasopharyngeal/ throat swab samples
    3
    4
    Influenza A virus RNA (typing required), Influenza B virus RNA and RSV RNA in the first three samples Presence or absence of the other viruses listed in sample 4
  11. Detection and genotyping of SARS-CoV-2
    Freeze dried simulated nasopharyngeal swab
    6 (From 2024-25)
    4 (From 2024-25)
    Presence or absence of SARS-CoV-2 and correct identification of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern
  12. Detection of HSV-1 DNA, HSV-2 DNA, VZV DNA and Enteroviruses RNA
    Freeze dried simulated cerebrospinal fluid
    2
    6
    Presence or absence of HSV-1 DNA, HSV-2 DNA, VZV DNA and Enteroviruses RNA
  13. Detection of MRSA by culture and/or molecular methods
    Simulated freeze dried specimen
    4
    2
    Separate score applied to the different methods (culture/molecular) based on presence or absence
  14. SARS-CoV-2 whole genome sequencing.
    Freeze-dried nasopharyngeal swab
    4
    2
    Coming soon
  15. Detection of Norovirus, Rotavirus, and adenovirus 40, 41 nucleic acid by molcecular methods. Specimens are suitable for antigen detection
    Freeze dried human faeces
    2
    4
    Presence or absence of Norovirus, Rotavirus and Adenovirus 40,41 antigen/ nucleic acid