National Genetics Reference Laboratories
Welcome to the joint web site of the
National Genetics Reference Laboratories
based in Manchester and Wessex (Salisbury & Southampton)
NGRL Manchester
NGRL Wessex

General enquiries on the role and work of the NGRLs can be addressed to:

Dr. Rob Elles

Professor Nick Cross

The National Genetics Reference Laboratories are funded by the UK Department of Health.   

In 2002, as part of an investment programme in genetic services, the Department of Health established two National Genetics Reference Laboratories in Manchester & Wessex.

The laboratories are based in England but are encouraged to work closely with genetic service providers in all of the UK home countries.

The laboratories evolved from Regional Genetics Laboratories providing general diagnostic services for their populations. They are well placed to evaluate technologies and systems that are close to service or in service and assess their applicability to the National Health Service.

The specific remit of the laboratories includes:

  • Health Technology Assessment
  • Development of new External Quality Systems
  • Development of reference reagents and controls
  • Advice to government and other bodies

This remit has been translated into the agreed initial work programmes of the two laboratories which are largely complementary. The laboratories will work closely together and will consult with the service providers on their needs and encourage their feedback.

NGRL News November 2005