Guidance and eLearning

This page includes guidance from organisations including the UK Government, Public Health England and professional bodies. This page will be updated as more information becomes known. 

eLearning resources

COVID-19: Practical aspects of Diagnostic Testing 
Designed for new staff being recruited into microbiology and virology laboratories across the country. It covers sample reception, sample inactivation, quality and principles of molecular testing as applied to COVID-19 testing. Following some questions and on completion, there is a certificate for printing.

There is also compatible eLearning course on Class I cabinet use which is also available.

The resource is free for NHS and PHE staff. To access both courses please email



COVID-19 contain framework: a guide for local decision-makers

UK SMI V 58: SARS-CoV-2 serology UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations V 58: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) serology (Ref: PHE publications gateway number: GW-1365, 5th October 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scaling up Testing Strategy  (British Government)

COVID-19- Scotland's Testing Strategy - adapting to the Pandemic (Scottish Government, August 2020)

COVID-19: IBMS Statement on PPE
(IBMS, 27 April 2020)

Guidance on coronavirus testing for critical workers who are self-isolating
  (, 15 April) 

Deploying the healthcare science workforce to support the NHS clinical delivery plan for COVID-19
(NHS England and NHS Improvement, 5 April)

Guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) tests and testing kits (MHRA, 2 April)

Guidance for Pathology Testing Prioritisation v1.1 final (29 March 2020) (updated 02 April 2020)

RCPath advice on the opening of fresh or unfixed histopathological specimens during infectious disease outbreaks (RCPath 29 March 2020)

COVID-19 - recommendations for laboratory work (29 March 2020)

Chief Coroner’s Guidance on COVID-19 (26 March 2020)

Remote Assessment Guidance for UKAS Customers (UKAS, March 2020)

Guidance for first responders and others in close contact with symptomatic people with potential COVID-19 (24 March 2020)

Guidance for remote reporting of digital pathology slides during periods of exceptional service pressure (RCPath, 23 March 2020)

RCPath advice on histopathology frozen sections and cytology fine needle aspiration during infectious disease outbreaks (RCPath, March 2020)

Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision (UK Gov, 19 March 2020) 

Guidance for care of deceased during COVID-19 pandemic (19 March 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for health professionals and other organisations (PHE, 16 March 2020)

Guidance and standard operating procedure COVID-19 virus testing in NHS laboratories (NHS England & NHS Improvement, 16 March 2020)

COVID-19: infection prevention and control (PHE, 13 March 2020)

COVID-19: safe handling and processing for samples in laboratories (PHE, 12 March 2020)

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for health protection teams, Version 6.5 (NHS National Services Scotland, 12 March 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employees, employers and businesses (10 March 2020)

Guidance for first responders and others in close contact with symptomatic people with potential COVID-19 (PHE, 27 February 2020)

Minimum operating standards – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Patient Pathway (20 February 2020)

COVID-19: guidance for health professionals (GOV.UK, 10 January 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) (GOV.Wales)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Health Protection Scotland)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) (

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates for Northern Ireland (Department of Health)

Management of Hazard Group 4 viral haemorrhagic fevers and similar human infectious diseases of high consequence (Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens, November 2015)