Recent Activities - 2021

Training on Quality Requirements for Pathology Laboratories Performing Infectious Diseases Testing

Aug 2021

On Friday 30 July 2021, NRL conducted a one-day training on the quality requirements for Australian pathology laboratories performing infectious diseases testing, for nine Royal College of Pathologists, Australasia microbiology registrars based at hospitals across Victoria. The purpose of the training was to introduce and review pertinent topics relating quality requirements for medical microbiology laboratory testing that would inform clinical decision-making and diagnoses, and support good patient outcomes. Read more here

NRL Holds Cambodia QMS Workshop for SEALAB Project

May 2021


From 26 May to 4 June 2021, NRL conducted the first Quality Management Systems (QMS) training workshop for five human health laboratories and one animal health laboratory in Cambodia, under the SEALAB project.  Titled “Reinforcing Quality Management Systems”, the objective of the training workshop was to reinforce the foundations of QMS, and introduce continuous improvement concepts, as a prelude to one-on-one mentoring sessions that will take place over the next few months. Read more here

NRL Supports WHO SEARO,  AATM & Kasturba Medical College in Pilot Webinar Series

Apr 2021

WHO and the Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine, together with Kasturba Medical College of Manipal hosted an online pilot webinar series from 27-29th April 2021. Titled ‘Quality Assurance Program in Transfusion Transmissible Infection (TTI) Testing’, the scientific programme covered all aspects of testing for TTIs from quality management systems, process control and principles and demonstrations of different assay types, approaches to quality control, equipment, documentation and records management, external quality assessment schemes and waste management. Read more here

NRL Presents on QConnect Concept for SARS-CoV-2 QC at IFCC21

Feb 2021


NRL staff were privileged to be key presenters at the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) virtual event held recently.

Both Wayne Dimech (Executive Manager, Scientific & Business Relations) and Joe Vincini (Quality Control Services Manager) presented the educational workshop titled:

Quality Control of Qualitative Testing of SARS-CoV-2 in Clinical Laboratories’ to a global audience.

Link to the abstract and recording of this session is contained here.

International Workshops from our Partners

Jun 2021


The SoGAT Scientific Advisory Group, part of the National institute of Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) are holding a virtual scientific workshop in June.

SARS-CoV-2 Workshop

This workshop will provide a forum for molecular diagnostic laboratories, regulators, manufacturers and other stakeholders to discuss the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

10th and 11th June 2021, 12.00-16.00 BST

Update on our work with SEALAB

Apr 2021


As part of the SEALAB project, NRL will be supporting the following five human health laboratories in Lao PDR to enhance their quality management systems (QMS):


  1. The National Centre for Laboratory and Epidemiology, Vientiane (NCLE)

  2. Mahosot Hospital Microbiology Laboratory

  3. Champasak Provincial Hospital Laboratory

  4. Oudomxay Provincial Hospital Laboratory

  5. Sayabouly Provincial Hospital Laboratory

Read more here

New Senior Scientist at NRL

Jan 2021

Nick Vandegraaff joined the NRL as a Senior Scientist in January 2021. He comes to the NRL as a PhD qualified virologist with postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School and 15 years commercial experience in the Drug Discovery and In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Device [IVD]) sectors. He has a strong background in Microbiology (Virology), Molecular Biology and Cell Biology with extensive Project Leadership/Management experience and an intimate knowledge of the processes and quality frameworks within which IVDs and related software are designed, developed and clinically validated.  Read more here

Update on the South East Asia Laboratory Strengthening (SEALAB) Project

Jan 2021

In November and December 2020, NRL continued its work in Cambodia under the SEALAB project activity, funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and aimed at strengthening laboratory capacity to detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks of a potentially pandemic nature.

Read more here