NIBSC and the SoGAT advisory group are pleased to announce the 28th international workshop on standardisation.

The 2-day meeting will be hosted at the MHRA headquarters in Canary Wharf, London, UK and will cover topics including:

  • Challenges with detection due to genetic variability and different extraction efficiencies
  • The impact of changing methodologies on standardisation
  • Alternative approaches to understanding commutatbility
  • Point of impact testing – how can we standardise, and the role of SoGAT

This is a must attend event for anyone working in the infectious disease diagnostic setting, from laboratory scientists, assay manufacturers (not just qPCR assays but also point of impact tests, NGS and dPCR) Reference Laboratories, EQA providers, to those in a regulatory setting.

Benefits of attending

  • Networking with others working in the molecular diagnostics area
  • Opportunity to share your own experiences and exchange ideas with like-minded colleagues
  • Receive updates on current standardisation projects





  • Registration

  • Morning session - Project overviews

    • Session 1 - Introductory session - Neil Almond, Chair - SoGAT

      • Review of SoGAT 2018 actions
      • Recap - Background to standardisation
      • Session discussion
  • Session 2 - Ask Experts - Chairs: Francois Xavier-Lery, WHO / Clare Morris, NIBSC

    • Update on all ongoing WHO diagnostic standardisation projects - Chair - NIBSC / PEI / CBER Project leaders
    • All projects will be posted on micro site prior to meeting


    Delegate feedback from past SoGAT workshops has highlighted an interest in hearing updates on all ongoing WHO standardisation projects, not just those that are ready for establishment.

    At this year’s workshop, Session 2 will provide an update on all WHO projects that are in progress. There will be an opportunity to focus on specific projects that delegates would most like to hear more about.  Further details will be sent to you in the confirmation email issued upon registration.  


  • Lunch

    Buffet lunch provided

  • Afternoon session - Challenges for diagnostic assay standardisation - Part One

    • Session 3 - Commutability of reference materials - Chair: Sheila Govind, NIBSC and Peter Vallone, NIST

      • EBV quantification - Megan Cleveland, NIST, USA
      • Alternative materials for HCV IS replacements - Jacqueline Fryer, NIBSC, UK
      • Viral fragmentation and extraction efficiency - Linda Cook, University of Washington, USA
      • Session discussion
  • Coffee

  • How efficient is your extraction method? - Overview and Chair: Michael Chudy, PEI / Rob Anderson, NIBSC

    • Effect of 3 extraction platforms on NGS data - Simon Carne, PHE, UK
    • Impact of different extraction systems on HDV RNA quantitation - Harrald Kessler, Graz, Austria
    • Challenges of fungal extraction - Lewis White, Public Health Wales, UK
    • Session discussion
  • End of day one

  • Morning session - Challenges for diagnostic assay standardisation - Part Two

    • Session 3 cont. Genetic Variability - Overview and Chair: Jacqueline Fryer, NIBSC, Simon Carne, PHE

      • HPV variants - Dianna Wilkinson / Rob Anderson, NIBSC, UK
      • Producing the 1st IS for diagnostic influenza testing - Clare Morris, NIBSC, UK
      • HIV - challenges of continual recombination - Indira Hewlett, FDA, USA
      • Session discussion
  • Coffee

  • Session 4: dPCR and NGS in diagnostics - can this help with replacement standards - Bert Niesters, QCMD / Neil Berry

    • dPCR vs qPCR - a statistical view point - Peter Vallone, NIST, USA
    • Guidelines for dPCR - Jim Huggett, LGC, UK
    • Quantification of hCMV - Mojca Milavec, NIB, Slovenia
    • Blood borne virus screening by NGS - Lutamyo Mbisa, PHE, UK
    • Session discussion
  • Lunch

    Buffet lunch provided

  • Afternoon session - Molecular point of care assays

    • Session 5: Standardising Point of Care - Overview and Chair: TBC

      • Validation of POC tests - Ute Stroher, WHO, Switzerland
      • Using POC for respiratory infection screening - Tristan Clark, University of Southampton, Faculty of Medicine, UK
      • Influenza / RSV POC - EQA data - Heinz Zeichhardt, INSTAND, Germany
  • Coffee

  • Manufactures presentations

    • Point of impact testing - European perspective - Bert Niesters, QCMD
    • Manufactures discussions / presentations
    • Session discussion
  • Workshop close



MHRA Offices
1st Floor, 10 South Colonnade
Canary Wharf
E14 4PU

Tel: 020 3080 6000


From Canary Wharf DLR station, the site is best accessed via the southern exit onto South Colonnade.  The building is directly opposite to the right.

London Underground
Canary Wharf station has two entrances/exits - east and west - with accessible lifts located at both. The west exit is the most direct entrance/exit for us - follow signs for DLR and at the final set of escalators you should see Paperchase on your right.


The 10SC building does not offer parking however the Canary Wharf area has four underground public car parks offering 2,500 spaces.  Choose the best one for you here: https://canarywharf.com/getting-here/parking/


Ibis London Docklands Canary Wharf

1 Baffin Way, Off Preston Road, E14 9PE
Tel: +44 207 517 1100
Email: H2177@accor.com
Web: https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-2177-ibis-london-docklands-canary-wharf/index.shtml

Point A Hotel - Canary Wharf

1B Hertsmere Road West, London, E14 4AS
Tel: 020 7531 8100
Email: london.canarywharf@pointahotels.com
Web: https://www.pointahotels.com/our-hotels/canary-wharf/

Britannia International Hotel

Marsh Wall, London, E14 9SJ
Tel: +44 871 222 0042
Web: https://www.britanniahotels.com/hotels/the-international-hotel


In order to register for the event, please click the register button below. Please ensure you have all your details ready.

Upon completion an invoice is issued automatically via email to the booker. This includes a secure online credit card payment link and also details of how to make BACS payments etc.

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* the non commercial rate is applicable for Charities / Third Sector / NHS / Government & Academic

Contact Us

MHRA have appointed Glasgows to organise the event and host the online registration process.

For more information about other MHRA events please visit the Conferences and Events page of the MHRA website: www.mhra.gov.uk.