Laboratory Testing

Together with the significant resources of LabCorp’s network, National Reference Laboratory offers a comprehensive menu of more than 4,700 tests. This includes a comprehensive range of services from basic blood counts and cholesterol testing to more complex diagnoses of genetic conditions, cancers and other rare diseases.

Through our extensive network of laboratories, connectivity solutions and logistics expertise, NRL offers a single source solution to consolidate all reference testing, delivering high quality, operational efficiencies and cost savings.

Please follow this link for the comprehensive test menu.

Our test menu includes testing services in the following areas:

  • Allergy
  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Coagulation 
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genetics
  • Hematology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medical Drug Monitoring
  • Microbiology
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Oncology


NRL offers an extensive allergy test menu that includes more than 200 individual allergens, custom allergen panels, regional geographic panels, and age specific panels. The laboratory’s advanced technology allows testing for multiple allergens on a single specimen.

Anatomic Pathology - Center of Excellence

National Reference Laboratory offers advanced comprehensive tumor tissue analysis for neoplastic and non-neoplastic disorders including a vast test menu of immunohistochemistry (IHC), cancer cytogenetics and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) through LabCorp’s Dianon Pathology and Integrated Oncology.  
National Reference Laboratory’s partnership with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi enables the Laboratory to offer the expertise of experienced pathologists in many Anatomic Pathology sub-specialties with access to many more sub-specialties through Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s e-Pathology system. 

Please see more about our Center of Excellence for Anatomic Pathology in the following link:

Cardiovascular Disease

National Reference Laboratory’s cardiovascular menu includes routine cholesterol tests, expanded lipid profiles, metabolic syndrome profiles and tests to assess risk for thrombosis or stroke. The Laboratory also offers complete testing for monitoring disease progression and response to therapy through its partner, LabCorp.

Coagulation - Center of Excellence for Specialized Coagulation 

National Reference Laboratory offers an extensive menu of tests for hemostasis and thrombosis, including bleeding profiles and screening tests, profiles for reproductive health, factor analysis, thrombin generation markers, and thrombotic risk evaluation.

Our Center of Excellence for Specialized Coagulation Testing is located at NRL’s laboratory in ICAD, Abu Dhabi. The laboratory provides comprehensive specialized testing for coagulation disorders and was set up with the support of world-class experts from Colorado Coagulation, part of LabCorp’s specialty laboratory network.

Below please find more information about the test menu of the Center on the link below:


National Reference Laboratory offers expertise in dermatopathology through Dianon Pathology, including complete direct immunofluorescence (using Michel’s Media) and immunohistochemical staining. In addition, Integrated Oncology offers BRAF mutation testing (PCR based) that can assist in diagnosis on small tissue samples.


National Reference Laboratory offers a comprehensive and specialized endocrinology portfolio with many specialized assays employing mass spectrometry and other advanced methods through LabCorp and its specialty testing Endocrine Sciences Laboratory.


National Reference Laboratory offers advanced testing, such as noninvasive tests for hepatitis and colorectal cancer screening, in addition to more advanced GI pathology through LabCorp’s Dianon Pathology service.


National Reference Laboratory, through its partner LabCorp, offers an extensive genetics menu including prenatal, ethnicity carrier screening, cytogenetics, preimplantation genetics and pharmacogenetics as well as genetic counseling services. In addition, NRL offers reproductive donor screening and testing through ViroMed Laboratories. The latest technologies include next generation sequencing and conventional PCR.


National Reference Laboratory, through its partner LabCorp, offers a large hematology menu including tests for benign hematological conditions and neoplastic hematologic disorders including leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, lymphoproliferative and myeloproliferative disorders.

Infectious Diseases

National Reference Laboratory’s advanced tests for infectious disease include real-time PCR methodology and advanced HIV assays. The Laboratory offers an extensive HIV menu that includes serology and molecular tests for screening and diagnosis, genotyping and phenotyping for therapy decisions, and viral load testing for patient monitoring. The test menu for molecular diagnostics continues to expand in order to accommodate the ever-growing demand.

Medical Drug Monitoring

National Reference Laboratory, through LabCorp and its specialty testing laboratory MedTox, offers a full menu of medical drug monitoring tests that (combined with their report solutions), provides unparalleled choice, flexibility, and clinical value for your specific monitoring needs.


National Reference Laboratory offers advanced techniques using the latest Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) compatible technologies for identification and antimicrobial susceptibility of infectious disease agents. The Department of Clinical Microbiology delivers a full range of microbiological investigations including routine bacterial culture, antibiotic sensitivities, mycology and mycobacterial cultures, serological and environmental testing.


National Reference Laboratory offers a comprehensive menu of women’s health testing options to include liquid-based Pap testing with image-guided cervical cytology for improved cervical cancer detection, as well as out-of-the-vial Pap testing with options for HPV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. In addition, the Laboratory offers NuSwab, a new diagnostic approach for female testing. The menu also offers tests for reproductive health including maternal serum screening, ethnicity carrier screening, and causes of infertility and miscarriage.


National Reference Laboratory, through LabCorp’s Dianon Pathology and Integrated Oncology laboratory, provides leading hematopathology and anatomic pathology tests and services for comprehensive analysis and results to aid in diagnosis, prognosis, therapy selection, and monitoring.

Value-added services

Clinical Consultation

At National Reference Laboratory we value the importance of the two-way interaction between the ordering physician and the laboratory medical- and scientific staff in an effort to provide the best patient care. Therefore, as an added value to our testing services, we provide our clients the ability to attain advice and support, including genetic counseling services, directly from the medical and scientific teams based both in the UAE and at LabCorp in the USA.

Anatomic Pathology Immunohistochemical Staining

National Reference Laboratory and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s joint Anatomic Pathology lab is one of the most sophisticated specialty laboratories and plans to offer one the largest immunohistochemical staining menu in the region. Our service ranges from performing the staining to rendering a diagnosis and providing a clinical consultation.

Anatomic Pathology Second Opinion

NRL provides a full range of diagnostic services for wet tissue specimens and glass slides sent in consultation. As partner with fellow pathologists at CCAD, we are available to assist in the interpretation of difficult and complex cases. It is our commitment to provide physicians with expert diagnostic pathology services that can guide and inform the care and treatment plans of patients.

Access to Our Centers of Excellence:

Through our U.S. based partner, LabCorp, our clients also have access to innovative, industry-leading molecular and genomic esoteric laboratory testing from the members of the LabCorp Specialty Testing Group:

  • Colorado Coagulation - USA
  • Dianon Pathology - USA
  • Endocrine Sciences - USA
  • Integrated Genetics - USA
  • Integrated Oncology - USA
  • Litholink - USA
  • MedTox Laboratories - USA
  • Monogram Biosciences, Inc. - USA
  • National Genetics Institute (NGI) - USA
  • ViroMed Inc. - USA

In addition, NRL has also partnered with Centro de Genética Clínica (CGC) in Portugal, a leading provider of specialized genetic testing.