Malaria confirmation

Which test do we use?

Malaria confirmation and identification of the species responsible for the infection with microscopy, Ag tests and PCR if the microscopy and/or the Ag tests are positive.

Sampling instructions

  • A thick and a thin smear of good quality made from fresh blood. Preferably non-colored.
  • 2.5 ml of EDTA blood.

Important advice

For samples that reach us before 4pm on the day of sampling, you will receive the results on the same day by fax. Results for older samples will possibly only be reported the day after arrival. Please always mention a fax number on the request form.


A  form used for sending reference samples is available from the Sciensano website.

Reference values


Delivery time of the result

See ‘Important advice’

PCR: 7 days


ISO 15189 – Belac 147-MED




Ag: 70569-9

PCR: 47260-5

Laatste wijziging op: 13/07/2023