Scottish Human Papilloma Reference Laboratory

The Scottish Human Papillomavirus Reference Laboratory (SHPVRL) is commissioned by Health Protection Scotland (HPS) to provide a comprehensive service for screening and typing of Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
  • To provide testing services to evaluate the impact of the HPV immunisation programme on the incidence and prevalence of HPV related disease and HPV infection in the Scottish population. 
  • To provide a specialist diagnostic and expert advice service in relation to HPV for specific clinical cases where it could help inform clinical management.
  • To provide education and training for the wider service and to develop, assess and validate new HPV technologies.
  • To support with the generation of materials and processes that support HPV quality assurance and assessment.
  • To act as a base for research and development.
  • To contribute to the data and knowledge of changing epidemiology of HPV to help inform the future organisation of services to prevent and manage HPV associated disease and cancer.
HPV testing for the Scottish Cervical Screening Programme (SCSP)
SHPVRL also provides information, advice and testing services for the Scottish Cervical Screening Programme (SCSP). To this end, SHPVRL currently performs HPV testing as a test of cure of treatment. Following an early implementation phase across part of Scotland, test of cure was rolled out from the 30th April in 2012. Procedures for the delivery of HPV testing services for test of cure have been developed between SHVPRL and the Scottish Cytology Laboratories. 

Please contact Dr Kate Cuschieri for advice on HPV testing. For administration purposes please contact Mrs Kirsty Gray.
Director 0131 242 6039
Administrator 0131 242 6010
Departmental confidential fax 0131 242 6008

Core laboratory hours are 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday
SHPVRL does not currently offer an out of hours service.
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