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Microbiological methods: validation, utilisation and interpretation From August 2011 newsletter

Microbiological methods: validation, utilisation and interpretation

Don't use inappropriate methods, or draw the wrong conclusions from the right result!

In any type of analysis, it is important that the method used is effective and fit for purpose - i.e. it works and answers the question that you are asking. In microbiology, there are specialised issues that need to be addressed in validating a specific method and in evaluating results from its use.We can advise clients on which methods best suit their needs - and we can also validate methods against international standards.

Microbiological methods don't always give exact answers, and understanding what results mean is of great commercial importance when deciding on a manufacturing course of action. Therefore, it is vital that appropriate methods are used and that they are shown to be suitable for a particular situation.

We can validate methods to a company's own standard, or for one of several officially recognised validation bodies, such as MicroVal, AFNOR or AOAC. Our experience in validating methods means that we are well placed to advise clients on which ones are suitable for a particular need, on their limitations, if appropriate, and in then explaining the results obtained.

Contact: Roy Betts
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