HER2 Confirmatory FISH Testing

6th June 2013

HER2 Confirmatory FISH Testing

Pathologists have recently been advised by Roche of their plans to withdraw funding for HER2 FISH testing.  Effective 1st August 2013, IGENZ will no longer be the sole provider of this testing for patients identified as having equivocal HER2 status (IHC 2+). Roche’s decision based on FISH confirmatory testing is now an accepted standard in clinical practice.

Wellington Regional Genetics Laboratory (WRGL), based at Wellington Hospital is an IANZ accredited laboratory contracted to provide comprehensive genetic testing services to an extensive region of New Zealand including central region DHBs and Taranaki and Nelson Marlborough through the Crown Funding Agreement (CFA). This laboratory has also established in-source partnerships with provider laboratories in Otago / Southland and the UK.  We have been providing FISH testing routinely since 1995.   

HER2 FISH Testing at WRGL

 HER2-FISH Testing at WRGL
WRGL has extensive experience in performing FISH testing from paraffin embedded tissue and would be happy to provide you with HER2 FISH testing of patients with HER2 IHC 2+ early or metastatic breast cancer.


Cost, Sample Requirements & Turnaround Times



Cost NZD*

Sample Requirements

Current TAT


6x poly-L slides at 2-4 μm
A H&E slide with the area to be FISHed encircled


2-3 days

*No direct charge for the central region DHBs covered by the Crown Funding Agreement

If you require any additional information about this test or any other aspect of our service, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Clive Felix
Service Leader


Wellington Regional Genetics Laboratory (WRGL) provides a comprehensive, integrated diagnostic cytogenetic and molecular genetic testing service

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IANZ Test Number 704


(04) 918-5352

Please note that genetic test results are only released directly to the referring clinician and not to patients