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Microbiology Testing Services

Category Press Release
Publish Date 11/3/2022
Author Gabrielle Cataldi
Title EPA Interim Method for Evaluating Efficacy of Antimicrobial Surface Coatings
Introduction EMSL Analytical, Inc.’s Microbiology Department offers antimicrobial efficacy testing services for R&D purposes or on final products, including testing coatings for residual antimicrobial activity overtime.

Cinnaminson, New Jersey, November 3, 2022 

A manufacturer of antimicrobial coatings wanted to determine whether their coating had residual activity over an extended period. EMSL Analytical Inc. was able to perform EPA's Interim Method for Evaluating the Efficacy of Antimicrobial Surface Coatings. This method consists of exposing the coating to chemical solutions and mechanical abrasions. This simulates typical washing and cleaning of the surface. 

After simulating 1 week, 2 weeks, and 3 weeks of use the coating was tested to see if it was still effective at killing standard test bacteria. EMSL was able to determine for this project that the coating was effective for up to 2 weeks after application but not 3 weeks. 

“EMSL’s Microbiology Department’s expert scientists are able to perform an array or special project testing,” said Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Not only are our labs capable of analyzing common microbial issues, like mold or bacteria, but we are able to perform more in-depth projects for companies and individuals needing unique and custom testing services.” 

EMSL’s network of laboratories across the U.S. and Canada hold many federal and state accreditations. To find a location near you or to view a list of accreditations, visit https://emsl.com/Locations.aspx

To learn more about microbiology or other testing services, please visit www.EMSL.com, email info@emsl.com, or call (800) 220-3675.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products, and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP, and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.
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