PHLN Module: SARS-CoV-2 and other coronaviruses Module

March 23, 2020 12:18 pm


In response to requests from laboratories and from the Australian Government’s Department of Health, and in line with the Enhancing Laboratory Capacity and Capability contract RCPAQAP has with the Department of Health, RCPAQAP Biosecurity will be offering a proficiency testing program (PTP) for the 2019-novel coronavirus,  SARS-CoV-2. This will assist with the response to the outbreak of COVID-19, a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province and recently declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the WHO.

RCPAQAP Biosecurity have organized for two rounds of a PHLN Module: SARS-CoV-2 and other coronaviruses. Round 1 was offered to a select number of laboratories however,  Round 2 is to be offered to both public and private Australian laboratories free of charge in this instance, with the support of the Department of Health, in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak.

Biosecurity Module




PHLN Module: SARS-CoV-2 and other coronaviruses (Round 1) 5-8  specimens including:

Total viral RNA from SARS-CoV-2, synthetic genetic material encoding selected regions from the genome SARS-CoV-2, an​d negative specimens

Week beginning 2nd March, 2020

This is now Closed

Free of Charge – Department of Health’s support and contribution to PHLN laboratories preparedness.
PHLN Module: SARS-CoV-2 and other coronaviruses (Round 2) 5-8 specimens including:
Total viral RNA from SARS-CoV-2, total viral RNA from other human coronaviruses (HCoV) including SARS-CoV and negative specimens
May, 2020 – exact date to be communicated Free of Charge – Department of Health’s support and contribution to public and private laboratories preparedness.

Dr Katherine Lau – RCPAQAP Biosecurity Scientist and others in the Serology and Virology Division (SAViD) at NSW Health Pathology Randwick, are currently preparing the survey material. Katherine will be in communication with you as participants regarding the preparations for the second round of the PTP.

If you have not already, please indicate by return email your interest in participating in this PTP. If you have any questions or suggestions at this time, please send an email or contact us at or call us on 02 9045 6031.