Overview NRL

”The National Reference Laboratory vision is to increase the spectrum, coverage and overall efficiency of laboratory testing in the region, to implement international best practice reference laboratory processes and to set the benchmark for quality standards in the region.”

National Reference Laboratory is a Mubadala Company created in partnership with Laboratory Corporation of America® Holdings (LabCorp®), the world’s leading healthcare diagnostics company and operator of one of the world’s largest and most experienced clinical laboratory networks. Together with the significant resources of LabCorp, National Reference Laboratory offers a comprehensive menu of more than 5,000 tests, providing a complete solution for all clinical testing needs in an efficient and high-quality environment that reduces both turnaround time and logistics-related costs, compared with other referral laboratories. Through its commitment to a comprehensive Quality Management System (QMS), investment in state-of-the-art technologies, superior connectivity solutions, advanced logistics systems and the engagement of highly-skilled and experienced employees National Reference Laboratory has attained and maintained a position as a trusted resource for all healthcare providers and patients in the region.

The growing network of National Reference Laboratory facilities serves a wide range of local and regional clients, including government hospitals, teaching hospitals, research centers, privately-owned hospitals, medical centers, clinics, occupational health organizations and other reference laboratories. National Reference Laboratory’s network is comprised of multiple, internationally accredited, owned and managed facilities across the UAE including:

  • Two owned  laboratories, in Abu Dhabi and Dubai
  • Fully managed laboratories of Healthpoint Hospital in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi as well as the laboratories of Imperial College London Diabetes Centre in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain
  • In partnership with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, National Reference Laboratory manages the technical component of the joint Anatomic Pathology Laboratory and is responsible for all of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s laboratory referral testing.


Building on the current laboratory management model, National Reference Laboratory continues to grow the network of managed facilities with plans to become the largest network of CAP-accredited laboratories in the region.

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