Barr Brands International Microbiology Testing Services

Barr Brands International (BBI) now offers independent and confidential microbiology testing services. For additional information, please complete the form and we will contact you.

The test laboratories are certified according to ISO 9001:2008 and staffed with experienced microbiologists. In our state-of-the-art BSL-2 test labs, a variety of bacterial and mycological tests are routinely performed. These labs have the capacity to perform over 20,000 bacterial and fungal tests annually using industry standard test methods designed for a wide range of product substrates and antimicrobial technologies. The organism library includes ATCC organisms, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), Clostridium difficile, and Listeria monocytogenes.

Microbiology testing is supported by the ATL Sample Master LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) for meticulous sample tracking. Sample preparation of multiple matrices including textiles and polymers is available upon request.

Use us for testing and verification of the antimicrobial performance of your products, and also as an independent pre-GLP screen for your protocols.

Bacteria Testing Lab

The bacterial test lab conducts a plethora of qualitative and quantitative tests according to recognized industry and international standards - AATCC, ASTM, EPA, ISO, JIS, and FZ/T. In our bacterial test lab, antimicrobial samples are evaluated for performance against Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria to determine scope of performance. Based on client requests, non-routine challenge organisms (MRSA, VRE, C. difficile, Listeria) can also be included in testing. Our testing portfolio includes conventional tests such as Kirby Bauer, environmental monitoring (e.g. aerobic plate count), and Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) studies as well as neutralization studies (ASTM E1054).

Fungal Testing Lab

The fungal test lab conducts a wide range of industry and international standard tests to validate antifungal efficacy, e.g. AATCC 30-III, AATCC 174-III, ASTM G21, and ASTM D3273. Mycological analyses are performed to include nutrient challenge protocols or in fungal chambers to simulate environmental conditions.

Special Services

Upon request, the BBI Microbiology Test Services provides extended support such as polymer and textile sample preparation, environmental/field sampling, identification of recovered microbes, and consultation for test result interpretation.

Additional customized tests and services are available to suit your special needs. For additional information, please fill out the contact us form.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Microbiology (ASM)
  • American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Microbiology Testing and Services

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