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We are one of the UK’s leading specialists in biocontainment, air microbiology and disinfection validation, with over five decades of experience in providing government departments and the commercial sector with
expertise, advice and consultancy. We undertake independent testing of air filters and biocontainment equipment such as microbiological safety cabinets and centrifuges to international standards. We also test medical equipment (liquid and air integrity) and disinfection technologies (liquids, surfaces and air) for a range of sectors, including healthcare, pharmaceutical and space exploration.
Commercial services for laboratory and medical equipment: Controlling the exposure to microbial contamination and preventing the release of biological agents, is critical in the healthcare and laboratory environments. We use our expertise in air microbiology and handling biological agents to provide a wide range of tests for laboratory equipment and medical devices. We are able to offer customers a range of tests either against established European Standards or we can offer a bespoke service to help and advise customers develop a bespoke protocol to best evaluate their novel or specialist equipment. A selection of the tests we undertake are:
• dynamic microbiological technique (described in Annex AA of IEC 1010-2-020) for testing centrifuge rotors and buckets
• performance criteria for microbiological safety cabinets (see BS EN 12469:2000)
• integrity testing of medical devices e.g. catheter lines
• sterility assurance testing of medical devices
Evaluation of gaseous disinfection technologies: Many sectors rely on gaseous disinfection to ensure a safe patient or working environment. We are experienced in carrying out gaseous disinfection and in assessing the effectiveness of established or novel air disinfection units. Our range of specialist facilities allow the study of decontamination technologies under controlled and reproducible conditions using high containment cabinets (1m³), or an environmental chamber (20m³)
Standard/bespoke disinfectant testing for the healthcare sector: Our extensive experience and facilities allow us to handle biological agents at a range of containment categories this allows us to carry out disinfectant testing to European standards or develop modified tests that are more robust and realistic, reflecting how the products are used in practice.
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