Diagnostic Centre

In the Diagnostic Centre, blood, serum, faeces and urine samples are examined for parasites. Various detection methods such as immunodiagnostics, microscopic examinations or PCR are used. We receive the samples from the Swiss TPH Travel Clinic as well as from hospitals, doctors and private laboratories from all over Switzerland and the surrounding countries. In addition, serum samples are sent to us from all over the world to test them for very rare parasitoses.

National Reference Centre

The Diagnostic Centre of Swiss TPH is the National Reference Centre of Switzerland for Imported Human Paraistic Diseases and is accredited in Switzerland (STS 0426) according to the standard EN ISO / IEC17025. A major focus of the Centre is the provision of reference diagnostics for malaria cases in Switzerland. This emergency service is used approximately 200 times a year.

Improvement and Development

In addition to diagnostic services, our goal is to continuously improve existing diagnostic tests. As a leading reference centre, we attach great importance to the development and validation of new analytical methods. After intensive months of development, the Diagnostic Centre now offers a real-time PCR-Gastropanel for pathogenic intestinal protozoa.


Working in close collaboration with the National Centre for Imported Human Parasitic Diseases, our foremost goal is to constantly improve the existing tests and to develop and validate new assays for detecting parasites in blood, serum, stool and urine samples.

Additional Services

Our staff regularly teaches parasitic diagnostics in courses both in Switzerland and in some African and Asian countries. We also provide our expertise in research projects in the field of epidemiology and malaria fighting. In doing so, we can offer our active cooperation or the quality assurance of projects.

Centre for Infection Diagnostics

Together with the Abteilung Infektionsdiagnostik (AbtID), Department of Biomedicine, University of Basel, we are the centre for infection diagnostics. Serum samples, which are to be examined for both parasitic and virological investigations, can be sent to the Swiss TPH Diagnostic Centre. We assure the correct forwarding of the samples.