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BioLabTests is an independent microbiology laboratory offering a range of microbiological services including hygiene monitoring, product testing, specialist consultation, employing advanced techniques and analysis methodologies to any industry with a hygiene interest or concern.
From basic microbiological tests to sophisticated analyses of your samples, we provide rapid, accurate answers that allow you to address the issue of interest to your business. The range of laboratory tests we can perform is comprehensive and always conducted to the highest quality.
From the identification of bacteria to the measurement of microbial activity; from detection of fungi to determining the resistance of your material to mould growth, we have the capability to answer all relevant microbiological questions.
Our laboratory is equipped with state of the art equipment facilitating first class analytical techniques.
Our doctoral level microbiologists possess extensive experience in science having worked in environmental microbiology, medical microbiology, molecular biology and research.
Contact us to find out how we could help you.
We are confident in our ability to professionally address your concerns with appropriate laboratory work to answer your questions in a way that is easy for you to understand.
Audit Support Services
The BioLabTests monitoring service offers you an indication of hygiene levels at any facility by recording and/or monitoring microbial levels in a specified product and/or environment.
This work can be undertaken on a one-off, repeated or contractual basis.
We work for any organisation concerned with hygienic practise or processes. Our service can be applied to help solve a specific microbial contamination problem or to provide evidence for compliance to audit or ISO procedures.
This will be helpful in identifying the source of a microbial-based hygiene problem, and vital in solving it.
Our team of experienced microbiologists arrive at your facility, collect suitable samples and process them in the laboratory. Alternatively, it may be appropriate for samples to be collected and sent direct to our laboratory. After the sample examination, you will be provided with a comprehensive, confidential report describing our findings along with any other relevant information.
BioLabTests can apply any laboratory technique that is most appropriate to the issue being addressed. We can also adjust the technical approach to keep costs down. We have extensive experience of microbiological, biochemical and molecular biological/genetic techniques including PCR, ribotyping and gene sequencing, catalase and oxidase tests as well as access to more industrial focused techniques such as rapid onsite organism identification and ATP luminometry.
BioLabTests can test products to establish the presence of microbes contaminating products. We can also measure the level of antimicrobial performance a product exhibits.
Our product testing service applies to any organisation with concerns about microbial contamination of their products being taken to market. This service is also applicable to companies who wish to measure the antimicrobial performance of their, or a competitor's product.
Our testing can determine whether a product is contaminated with microbes and if so what the identity and abundance of the contaminant is. With respect to antibacterial products, our service quantifies the ability of those products to eliminate bacteria and/or fungi. It is this type of information that guides marketing claims about a product’s performance.
Our team of experienced microbiologists will take samples from the client’s products and perform appropriate tests on those samples. For example, it may be necessary to detect and identify bacteria present in the sample or determine the number of contaminating cells per unit volume of sample. The client is provided with a straightforward, confidential report presenting the test results. Our technical staff are available to discuss your results, should you feel the need, in order to clarify your position.
We have a wide range of experience with microbiological, biochemical and molecular biology / genetic techniques such as PCR, RT-PCR, sequencing, ribotyping, oxidase and catalase tests.
For Antimicrobial product testing we use the standards ISO22196; ATSM E2149; AATCC100. For Biocide / detergent efficacy testing we use standards including EN1040, EN 13610 and others depending on the organisms and required efficacy levels.
The BioLabTests team of PhD trained microbiologists are able to undertake any unique or exploratory research projects to resolve concerns, answer questions or provide you with data for marketing or other purposes.
Any organisation requiring microbiological data to resolve concerns, answer questions or support marketing activities.
We will provide you with a comprehensive set of valuable data based on your specific requirements.
Our team of experienced microbiologists will undertake the research necessary, whatever this may be, to provide you with the data you need. The findings will be provided to you in a comprehensive, confidential report. We can then help you interpret this data for use in marketing activities or to support a product launch, plus anything else.
BioLabTests can utilise an extensive range of research methods as well as microbiological, biochemical and molecular biology / genetic techniques in order to provide you with the data you require. These include sampling, ATP testing, Ribotyping, PCR, RT-PCR, sequencing, organism identification and more.
BioLabTests offer an audit support service including regular sampling and analysis to ensure you are meeting legal requirements and are in the best possible position to pass hygienic-focussed and GMP audits.
Any organisation which is audited by internal or external bodies and has a specific responsibility to maintain hygiene.
BioLabTests will help you identify any potential hygiene issues caused by microbial contamination, enabling you to take corrective action when appropriate.
Our team of experienced microbiologists will come to your facility on a regular basis (client specified), and undertake pre-agreed testing procedures. You will be provided with a comprehensive, confidential report highlighting the findings after each visit.
BioLabTests can utilise an extensive range of microbiological, biochemical and molecular biology / genetic techniques in order to provide you with the data you require. These include sampling, ATP testing, Ribotyping, PCR, RT-PCR, sequencing, organism identification and more.
Air, Water, Soil
Food and Beverage
Fuels and Soils
ATP Detection and Monitoring
Identification of Bacteria
Identification of Fungi
Spoilage Organism Detection
Screening an office for
A MICROBE CAUSING
A number of similar eye infections occurred in workers sharing the same office. To determine whether the source of the infection was the office environment, the Occupational Health Department decided a microbiological analysis of the office was necessary. BioLabTests was commissioned to screen the air conditioning ducted into the office for the microbe suspected of causing the infections.
BioLabTests conducted a site visit and collected swab samples from an air conditioning unit. In the microbiology laboratory, these samples were checked for the presence of the microbe of interest using a technique specific for that microbe.
The samples did not reveal the presence of the microbe of interest. The client was presented with a report from BioLabTests showing this result. The office air conditioning was no longer suspected as the cause of the infections and no decontamination action was considered necessary.
Screening an office building for
A MICROBIAL CAUSE
OF RESPIRATORY ILLNESS
A number of employees working in the same office building experienced similar respiratory illness. The employer contacted BioLabTests to screen the building to detect the presence or not, of microbes known to be a cause of these conditions.
BioLabTests conducted a site visit and collected swab samples from various locations within the building. In the microbiology laboratory, the samples were cultured for relevant bacteria and fungi and the results presented to the client.
The investigation did not reveal the presence of pathogens in the building. Hence, the office building was no longer suspected as the cause of the respiratory conditions and no decontamination action was considered necessary.
A manufacturer of medical products approached BioLabTests to assess the antimicrobial performance of a product in their range. They required independent confirmation that the antimicrobial efficacy was in line with their performance claims, before they were in a position to take their products to market.
BioLabTests received a range of the company’s products via post to be independently tested and validated. Material samples were inoculated with microbes and then tested according to the appropriate international standard to ascertain antimicrobial performance.
The microbial growth on the products showed a limited antimicrobial effect not in line with claims being made by the manufacturer. The decision was made to revise the products and reconsider the method in which the antimicrobial technology was delivered.
OF LAUNDRY ARTICLES
A media agency, working on behalf of a household detergent and cleaning products’ company, approached BioLabTests with the aim of assessing the impact a standard low temperature laundry wash had on microbial contamination of clothes. BioLabTests were given the task of developing a specialised procedure to test batches of clothing, and then to carry out the tests for microbial contamination.
BioLabTests developed testing procedures in which the clothing items were analysed for microbial contamination, both washed and unwashed. Samples were taken from each laundry article and levels of microbes assessed.
BioLabTests generated an extensive report highlighting the results which demonstrated little difference between washed and unwashed clothing samples. The story was later released nationally and the data used to support marketing activities for a new product launched by the detergent company.
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