SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Testing Service

Accredited service laboratory for processing COVID-19 tests

Viral RNA extraction, qRT-PCR and rapid whole genome sequencing workflows for detection of all known variants of SARS-CoV-2

During the current pandemic, we have expanded our accredited service facility, based in Birmingham, UK, to support a complete SARS-CoV-2 testing workflow from RNA extraction through to qRT-PCR and rapid viral whole genome sequencing (WGS). 

We use the Nonacus VirPath range of highly sensitive and accurate testing products for SARS-CoV-2 which are CE-IVD marked and are approved by the UK Government for Fit to Fly, Test to Release and general COVID-19 qRT-PCR testing. The VirPath multiplex qRT-PCR kit detects all known variants of SARS-CoV-2.

Our high throughput service facility can perform 10,000 qRT-PCR COVID-19 tests per day ensuring test results are delivered quickly and efficiently.

If you are looking for an accredited UK laboratory to process SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) tests, we can help.

Service Capabilities:

Viral RNA extraction service

Our viral RNA extraction service isolates viral RNA from nasopharyngeal swabs or other biofluids. We use a magnetic bead-based technology which is ideally suited to high through-put processing and enables us to carry out extractions at scale. The purification of high-quality RNA free from protein and other impurities is required for downstream qRT-PCR or rapid viral whole genome sequencing (WGS).

Find out more about our VirPath RNA extraction kit for COVID-19 testing


SARS-CoV-2 multiplex qRT-PCR service.

Our SARS-CoV-2 qRT-PCR service uses the Nonacus VirPath SARS-CoV-2 Multiplex qRT-PCR Kit. This kit is CE-IVD marked and is one of the few COVID-19 qRT-PCR tests to pass the stringent accuracy and sensitivity requirements set by the UK government for Fit to Fly, Test to Release and general COVID-19 testing.

  • Detects all known variants
  • CE-IVD marked
  • UK Government approved for Test to Release

Find out more about our VirPath Multiplex qRT-PCR kit for COVID-19 testing



SARS-CoV-2 whole genome sequencing

From 15 February 2021, all international arrivals in quarantine are required to take a test on or before day 2 of their quarantine period for variant surveillance. This will require whole genome sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 genome in addition to the current qRT-PCR test.

We have over 6 years of experience in developing and manufacturing sequencing products and delivering sequencing services for diagnostic testing. In May 2020 we were funded by the UK Government (Innovate UK) to develop a novel rapid method for whole genome sequencing for viral surveillance which means we are well placed to offer customers this as a service.




SARS-CoV-2 WGS service

Our WGS service uses a robust and rapid method for whole genome sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is ideally suited for the Test to Release programme and will deliver data that meet the UK Government standards:

  • All samples with cycle threshold (CT) values of <30 (defined as equivalent to ~10,000-1,000 viral genome copies/ml) will be sequenced.
  • Coverage guarantees:
    • All SARS-CoV-2 genomes will have a minimum sequencing coverage of 50% at >= 30x coverage.
    • For samples with a CT <20, (defined as viral genome copy number equivalent of <1,000,000 viral genome copies per ml,) 95% of samples should have a reference genome coverage breadth of >97% at >=30x coverage.
    • For CT above 20, defined as viral genome copy number equivalent of >1,000 per ml, 95% of samples should have a reference genome coverage breadth of >75% at >=30x coverage.


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SARS-CoV-2 test provider? Get in touch

If you are a third-party test provider wishing to use one or more of our services and require more information, please complete this form or email

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Viral surveillance

Nonacus was awarded an Innovate UK grant, to validate a novel, rapid method for sequencing respiratory viral genomes using nanopore sequencing.


SARS-CoV-2 Testing Products

The VirPath product range covers the complete testing workflow from RNA extraction to highly sensitive and accurate multiplex qRT-PCR.


Accredited service facility

Our accredited service facility, based in Birmingham, UK, offers service support for the whole range of Nonacus panels



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We are very sorry but we are not authorized to provide SARS-CoV-2 test results on an individual basis. To get your results or any other information about your test please contact the diagnostic lab or testing centre from whom you purchased the test.