NIBSC COVID-19 reagents

Two new CE marked SARS-CoV-2 reagents intended for use in diagnostic laboratories are now available from the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC). These are the 20/100-xxx reagent which is designed to control PCR assays for SARS-CoV-2 and 20/B764 which is a CE marked reagent designed to control serology assays.

Both of these regents are external quality controls and are independent of manufacturers’ kit controls. These reagents enable laboratories using them to monitor assay, equipment and operator performance on a day to day basis. Both of these reagents fulfil the requirements of a reference material as described in ISO 15189.

Further information about these materials may be obtained from the NIBSC website through these links: