Tag Archives: Environmental monitoring

Manual vs Automated Colony Counting

Manual vs Automated Colony Counting | Medical Supply Company

Accurately counting the number of colony-forming units (CFU) on an agar plate forms the basis of quality control microbiology testing for pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food and environmental industries. Traditionally, colony counts were performed manually but this method is time-consuming, and can lead to issues with results, such as technician to technician variability and human error, not […]

2019 Updates to Microbiology Testing Standards

Staying up to date with the most current microbiology testing standards is a constant requirement for accredited labs. The ever-changing nature of international standards make this a time-consuming task, but it is necessary if labs want to ensure they are compliant and not following outdated methods. Our partners at Biokar have put together a handy […]

ProtoCOL 3 Automated Colony Counter – Fast, Accurate, Reproducible

ProtoCOL 3 Automated Colony Counter | Medical Supply Company

As all microbiologists know, counting bacterial colonies manually can be a monotonous and eye-straining task. To overcome this, many labs are looking towards automation to cut down on the time spent manually counting and free up the technician’s time for other tasks. ProtoCOL 3 is a next-generation automatic colony counter for regulated labs that require […]

Ready-to-use ‘Starved Cells’ for GPT of R2A agar

Starved Cells, GPT agar, GPT of R2A agar, oligotrophic organisms | Medical Supply Company

If your lab is following the Japanese Pharmacopoeia (JP), you will be familiar with the requirement to use ‘starved cells’ for Growth Promotion Testing (GPT) of R2A agar. This agar is widely used to detect oligotrophic organisms, such as stressed or chlorine-resistant bacteria in purified or pharmaceutical water. The Japanese Pharmacopoeia states: “Prior to the […]

Active Air Samplers: Why you need one in your lab

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Active air samplers: Why you need one in your lab Increasing regulation around environmental monitoring has resulted in active air samplers becoming a staple in almost every laboratory. Airborne bacteria, yeasts and moulds can severely impact pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing operations and present a real threat to product and patient safety. Although microbiological monitoring […]

Should you test for Burkholderia cepacia?

Should you test / care for Burkholderia cepacia, Gram- Negative Rod | Medical Supply Company

Why you should care about Burkholderia cepacia A recent article from Charles River “Why You Should Care About Burkholderia cepacia” caught our attention and reminded us of the importance of this ubiquitous Gram-negative rod. The question of whether or not to test for Burkholderia cepacia frequently arises for all non-sterile pharmaceuticals, personal care products and […]