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




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  • 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

    • 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
  • Lunch

    Buffet lunch provided

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

    • Session 3 - Commutability of reference materials - Overview and Chair: TBC

      • Polyoma standards vs clinical materials - Megan Cleveland
      • Alternative materials for HCV IS replacements - Jacqueline Fryer
      • What EQA schemes tell us about commutability - Heinz Zeichhardt
      • Session discussion
  • Coffee

  • How efficient is your extraction method? - Overview and Chair: TBC

    • Effect of 3 extraction platforms on NGS data - Simon Carne, PHE, UK
    • HDV RNA extraction replacement study - Michael Chudy, PEI, Germany
    • Challenges of bacterial / fungal extraction - TBC
    • Viral fragmentation and extraction efficiency - TBC
    • Session discussion
  • End of day one

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

    • Session 3 cont. Genetic Variability - Overview and Chair: TBC

      • HPV variants - TBC
      • Producing the 1st IS for diagnostic influenza testing - Clare Morris, NIBSC
      • HIV - challenges of continual recombination - TBC
      • Issues in the diagnostic setting - TBC
      • Session discussion
  • Coffee

  • Session 4: dPCR and NGS in diagnostics can this help with replacement standards

    • dPCR vs qPCR - a statistical view point - TBC
    • Guidelines for dPCR - LGC
    • Use of NGS in epidemic outbreaks - TBC
    • Standards for Gut Microbiomes - a need for NGS - NIBSC
    • Session discussion
  • Lunch

    Buffet lunch provided

  • Afternoon session - Molecular point of care assays

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

      • Validation of POC tests - TBC
      • A POC case study - TBC
      • Influenza / RSV POC - EQA data - Heinz Zeichhardt
  • Coffee

  • Manufactures presentations (5 mins each)

    • What can SoGAT do to help - 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 conference and education section of the MHRA website: www.mhra.gov.uk.