News and general information

This page contains the latest relevant news and general information for laboratory staff in relation to the COVID-19 coronavirus. This page will be updated regularly as more news develops.



National testing coordinator warns against unapproved antibody tests (18 April 2020)

Expectations for the Validation of Covid-19 tests - Sue Spencer IVD Expert blog 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Scaling up our testing programmes (DHSC 4 April 2020)

Latest information on COVID-19 and Pathology (NHSX and NHS Digital 3 April 2020)

Scottish Government pauses health screening programmes (30 March 2020)

COVID-19 Temporary Register (HCPC)

HCPC to switch on temporary registration (27 March 2020)

Briefing: Testing for COVID-19 (RCPath 24 March)

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

Student placements during COVID-19 (IBMS, 19 March 2020)

Testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will increase to 25,000 a day (UK Gov, 18 March 2020)

Covid-19: ibuprofen should not be used for managing symptoms, say doctors and scientists (BMJ, 17 March 2020)

New guidance for households with possible COVID-19 infection (17 March 2020)

Trainees and covid-19: your questions answered (BMJ, 13 March 2020)

NHS labs to test 8,000 more coronavirus cases a day (11 March 2020)

COVID-19: Information for registrants (HCPC, 27 February 2020)

Abnormal coagulation parameters are associated with poor prognosis in patients with novel coronavirus pneumonia (Journal of thrombosis and haematosis, 18 February 2020)

New Briefing on COVID-19 – Autopsy practice relating to possible cases of COVID-19 (RCPath, 17 February 2020)

NHS England ramps up COVID-19 laboratory testing


General information

COVID-19: understanding the impact on BAME communities

Minimising nosocomial infections in the NHS

European Association for Professions in Biomedical Science (EPBS) COVID-19 support forum

RC Path COVID-19 video based learning free weekly seminars

Lab Test Online information on testing for healthcare professionals and the public

Advice for students (HCPC, March 2020)

UKAS Remote Assessments (UKAS video, 25 March 2020)

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults (17 March 2020)

Coronavirus: action plan - A guide to what you can expect across the UK (3 March 2020)

National Infection Service - latest information regarding 2019-nCoV coronavirus 7 February 2020

The Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology (AAPT) also has resources for pathologists and AAPTs.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) (NHS)