Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society

Laboratory Services

Laboratory services function at the cross cutting interface of all other divisions like Basic Services (ICTC), Care, Support and Treatment (ART), Blood Transfusion Services and Sexually Transmitted Infection division.The assurance of quality in HIV testing services is ensured through the implementation of External Quality Assessment Scheme (EQAS) by Reference laboratories at Both National and State level.

In TamilNadu, 3 National Reference Laboratories (NRL) and 12 State Reference Laboratories (SRL) are interlinked with all HIV Testing Facilities (ICTCs) of 32 Districts.

NACO supports all the reference laboratories to get Accreditation by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL). Three NRLs and Five SRLs were accredited by NABL till date.

There are 32 CD4 testing Facilities are functioning in the state and 3 type of CD4 machines available such FACS Calibur -3 ; FACS Count -21 and Partec in 8 numbers. National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis Chennai functioning as Viral Load Testing centre and Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) Testing Lab for the state.In TamilNadu, Madras Medical College, Chennai is the referral lab for HIV 2 Diagnosis.

State Reference Laboratories (SRL) :

S.No Name of the SRL Linked Districts
1 Govt Stanley Medical College, Chennai Chennai, Tiruvallur
2 Govt Hosp. for Thoracic Medicine,Tambaram, Kancheepuram Dist Kancheepuram, Vellore
3 Chengalpattu Medical College,
Kancheepuram Dist
Cuddalore, Tiruvannamalai, Villupuram
4 Coimbatore Medical College, Coimbatore Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode & Nilgiris
5 Govt. M K Medical College, Salem Salem,Dharmapuri,Krishnagiri
6 Madurai Medical College, Madurai Madurai, Pudukkottai
7 K A P Viswanathan Govt Medical college, Trichy Trichy, Perambalur, Ariyalur, Namakkal
8 Thanjavur Medical College, Thanjavur Thanjauvr, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam
9 Govt. Medical College, Theni Theni,Karur,Dindigul
10 Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli Tirunelveli, Virdhunagar
11 Govt. Medical College,Thoothukudi Thoothukudi, Sivagangai
12 Kanyakumari Medical College, Nagercoil Kanniyakumari, Ramanathapuram

National Reference Laboratories (NRL) :

S.No Name of the NRL Linked SRLs
1 Madras Medical College, Chennai Madurai, Theni, Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Chennai, Thanjauvr, Coimbatore
2 Tamil Nadu Dr.MGR Medical University, Chennai Trichy, Kanniyakumari,Salem, Thoothkudi, Tirunelveli & Pondicherry JIPMER
3 CMC Vellore Kerala State (Medical Colleges of Thiruvananthapuram, Allapuzza, Kottayam, Thrissur and Kozhikode)