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BSLI also performs cleaning validation studies for which AOAC-like methods are designed to appraise the ability of disinfectant products used in specific cleaning routines to eliminate bacteria and/or fungi from surfaces of interest.
Each study is, to some degree, custom-designed to meet the desired needs, but in general, coupons (e.g., two- or three-inch square pieces) of relevant surface materials are inoculated with bacteria and/or fungi that are important contaminants in the operation (often including strains isolated at the facility, itself), and the surfaces are then cleaned using the test disinfectants and strictly specified methods of cleaning.
Criteria for acceptable levels of efficacy of the disinfectant, in combination with the cleaning routine, are generally specified as a part of the study protocol.
Scientists in our In-Vitro testing labs are well trained on ASTM, AATCC, AOAC, CLSI, and EN standard methods. The efficacy testing services of this laboratory include MIC/MBC, biofilm prevention and removal, time-kill kinetics, clean room disinfectant validation, zone of inhibition and custom efficacy studies for disinfectants, antimicrobials and other products requiring EPA registrations and FDA 510(k) submissions. Studies in…