Antimicrobial testing requires a solid understanding of not only the tests required but the microbiology of the organisms tested and the regulatory compliance needed.

Antimicrobial products, submitted to the EPA or FDA, require stringent toxicology, chemical characterization and efficacy testing in order to support their label claims. A microbiology lab specializing in antimicrobial testing should be used for general screening purposes or in accordance with strict Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) standards that are required for label claims submission.

Antimicrobial testing is used for regulatory submission for a variety of disinfection claims (i.e., Limited, General/Broad, or Hospital/Medical Environment), depending on the product’s purpose.  In addition, antimicrobial testing can be conducted on supplemental organisms (e.g., viruses, antibiotic resistant organisms, fungus) to support additional label claims.