The methods used are accredited by UKAS to ISO / IEC 17025:2015.
Sterility testing can be carried out in accordance with pharmacopeia and ISO standards, including ISO 11737-2.
Sterility testing usually involves immersing medical devices in a test broth, incubating and examining for growth.
After incubation, broth is checked for any inhibitory factors that may have been present on the device which may have given a false negative result.
Sterility testing is useful for shelf life studies and for ensuring packaging integrity.
Swann-Morton (Microbiological Laboratory Services) Ltd can offer this service to customers based in the UK and around Europe.