National Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Reference Laboratory


The IBTS was requested by the Department of Health to set up a National Tissue Typing Reference Laboratory (NTTRL) in 1977.  The service was initiated in 1978.  The laboratory received approval from the DOHC in January 2005 to change the title of the laboratory to the National Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Reference Laboratory (NHIRL). This title more accurately reflects the diversity of immunogenetic markers tested and the fact that the department employs molecular methods for both low and high resolution typing.


The work performed within the department is wide and varied and provides a comprehensive range of assays and services designed to complement and co-ordinate the Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) programmes currently available in the Republic of Ireland.  The demand for these assays and services is growing rapidly and is in response to requests from Medical Consultants and Haematologists nationwide involved in transplantation procedures.

  • Platelet Genotyping
  • HLA typing by DNA Analysis
  • HLA Matched Platelet search
  • Bone Marrow Registry search
  • Platelet Antibody investigations
  • HLA Antibody investigations

Customer Handbook

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NHIRL Customer Handbook



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