Molecular Diagnostics Services, Inc.
A Contract Research Organization

Sterility Testing

MDS offers biosafety testing of biologics and biopharmaceuticals for mycoplasma, bacterial and fungal (B&F) contamination. These services include direct inoculation, Membrane Filtration, and Direct Transfer..

Direct Inoculation

In the direct inoculation method, the test articles are inoculated directly into tubes or bottles that contain an appropriate medium and are incubated for a period of days. The advantages of the direct inoculation method are as follows The disadvantage of this method is volume constraint. Also, inherently bacteriostatic or fungistatic components cannot be removed or adequately neutralized.

Membrane Filtration

In the membrane filtration method, the test article is passed through a membrane filter, which is designed to retain microbial contaminants while permitting the passage of liquid test articles and inhibitors out of the test system. After the test article passes through the filter, the membrane is rinsed with an appropriate sterile rinse fluid. The membrane filters would capture the microorganisms, if present. The filter units are then inoculated with the appropriate sterile and generally are incubated for the same time as in the direct inoculation method (i.e., 14 days). An advantage of the membrane filtration method is that The disadvantage of this method is that it can consume a large volume of final product during B&F testing, especially in the case of final container testing.

Direct Transfer

MDS offers custom protocols for direct transfer method. Typically, the direct transfer method is used for solid dose forms, medical devices, ointments, and creams. For test articles produced by nonaseptic manufacturing processes, a bioburden (or microbial limits) assay should be performed.
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