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Institute of Medical Virology

Welcome to the Swiss National Center for Retroviruses (SNCR)


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These pages in English are meant to provide general information on diagnostic aspects of HIV and other retroviruses of relevance to man. Swiss visitors seeking our diagnostic services should change to the German or French versions of our homepage where they will also find our test request forms.

The SNCR, since 2008 a part of the University of Zurich's Institute of Medical Virology (IMV), has been commissioned in 1985 by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (SFOPH) to serve as the national reference laboratory for HIV (human im-munodeficiency viruses) and other retroviruses that may endanger human health.

The SNCR works in all diagnostic fields relating to HIV, HTLV and other retroviruses with a possible significance to human health. The lab is active in diagnostic research and the development of tests for these viruses.

The SNCR is an integral part of the IMV's Diagnostics & Test Development division. The Division's diagnostic accreditation by the Swiss Accreditation Service SAS according to the ISO/IEC 17025 norm (accreditation # STS 263) (PDF, 187 KB) also includes the SNCR.


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