Accreditation for SARS-CoV-2 Testing

Page last updated: 03 July 2020

Factsheet - Accreditation for SARS-CoV-2 Testing (PDF 238 KB)
Factsheet - Accreditation for SARS-CoV-2 Testing (DOC 90 KB)

The advice in this fact sheet supersedes information published on MBSOnline on 1 April 2020 in the fact sheet Claiming Microbiology Tests for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) factsheet.

Accredited pathology laboratories providing or planning to provide clinical diagnostic testing and reporting for SARS-CoV-2 (MBS item 69480 and 69479) are reminded that as part of the pathology accreditation requirements, laboratories must be enrolled and participate in a relevant External Quality Assurance Program for testing methods.

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) Quality Assurance Programs1 offers a SARS-CoV-2 Quality Assurance Program. Further details can be found at this link:

In addition, it is recommended that laboratories:

a) Access and utilise positive control material provided by a state or territory reference laboratory (usually a Public Health Laboratory Network (PHLN) laboratory; and

b) Arrange for confirmatory testing to be conducted by a PHLN laboratory to verify the results. This means referring all positive samples for confirmatory testing, and referring a subset of negative samples where a strong clinical or epidemiological suspicion exists.

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      This sheet is current as of the last updated date shown, and does not account for MBS changes since that date.


    1 The RCPAQAP is a wholly owned subsidiary of the College. The RCPAQAP operates as an independent self-sustaining
    organisation and is expected to demonstrate a high level of customer service.