Basic Set-up of a Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory for the Detection of COVID-19

Date and time

Wednesday, 14 August 2020
09:00 Europe Summer Time (GMT+02:00)

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The first session of the ‘IAEA and WPRO Webinar Series to Support the COVID-19 Testing Laboratories in the Asia and the Pacific Region’, provides information on the needs for designing a molecular diagnostic laboratory, infrastructural requirements, setting up an optimal layout of the working space and the separations, setting up the equipment, as well as the biosafety and biosecurity rules that apply in such laboratories.

Topics covered:

  • Needs in infrastructure and requirements for running molecular COVID-19 laboratories
  • Generic setup of the real time RT-PCR including the programming of the thermocyclers
  • Biosafety and biosecurity in COVID-19 laboratories including the use of bio-safety cabinets – installation, use and quality control


Dr Julian Druce, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, Melbourne, Australia
Dr Erik Karlsson, Institute Pasteur of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Dr Meng Ling Moi, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan

Opening remarks

Jane Gerardo-Abaya, IAEA
Dr Tamano Matsui, Acting Regional Emergency Director, World Health Organization


Dr Karen Nahapetyan, Technical Officer (Laboratory), WHO Health Emergencies Programme
Enrique Estrada, IAEA

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