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Microbiology testing

ADSL operates an ISO 17025 accredited Microbiological facility at our UK HQ. We offer an extensive array of preservative efficacy testing, batch release QC testing, as well as water and biocidal testing.

What is it?

Preservation. Validating Shelf Life.

Our ISO 17025 accredited Microbiological facility undertakes an extensive array of preservative efficacy testing and batch release QC testing, as well as water testing, based largely on Microbiology of Drinking Water (MoDW) standards. We can perform British Pharmacopoeia, ISO 11930, BP 1993 and more under our UKAS accreditation and we are also able to include other organisms to provide a bespoke test for manufacturing/development facilities, ensuring complete safety of your products.
In December 2019, we gained registration for our methods for vegan alternatives to Preservative Efficacy Testing and also for Total Viable Count (TVC) processes. Our methods use substitutes for the animal products used in common microbiological media and we have extensive internal procedures to give you the confidence that a product can be as compliant as possible throughout the development process.
ADSL have a host of universally recognized methods available including British Pharmacopoeia, BS EN ISO 21149, BS EN ISO 16212, E. coli BS EN ISO 21150, Staphylococcus aureus BS EN ISO 22718, Pseudomonas aeruginosa BS EN ISO 22717, Candida albicans. BS EN ISO 18416 and detection of specified and non-specified microorganisms BS EN 18415

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FAQs

Frequently asked questions about microbiology testing

Typically, what service elements might this involve?

Services within this area include;

Total Viable Count (TVC) – Colony Count (CC) Testing
Total Viable Count (TVC) – Colony Count (CC) Testing (Vegan)
Specified Colony Count (CC) Testing
Specified Colony Count (CC) Testing (Vegan)
British Pharmacopeia (BP) Preservative Efficacy Testing
British Pharmacopeia (BP) Preservative Efficacy Testing (Vegan)
European Pharmacopeia (EP) Preservative Efficacy Testing
ISO 11930 Preservative Efficacy Testing
BS EN 1276 Evaluation of Chemical Disinfectant or Antiseptic for Bactericidal Activity
BS EN 1650 Evaluation of Fungicidal or Yeasticidal Activity
BS EN 1500 Chemical Disinfectants & Antiseptics – Hygienic Handrub
BS EN 14476 Evaluation of Virucidal Activity
BS EN 13624 Evaluation of Fungicidal or Yeasticidal Activity (Medical Surface Wipes)
BS EN 13727 Evaluation of Bactericidal Activity in the Medical Area
Plant Hygiene – Surveys
Environmental & Daily Routine Best Practice Recommendations

What other services does my product require?

Talk to our team of experts and we will be able to advise on all aspects of your products requirements. We take time to understand you claims and product attributes and create a recommendation of the exact services we can provide to get your product to market. Explore our recommended services below, try our product checkup or book a free consultation with our team.

How long does it take?

This varies depending on the product, but we aim to work closely within your timeframe and constraints. Our customer service offer is designed to make your life as easy as possible with a dedicated point of contact in most cases and a detailed schedule to keep you up-to-date with the process.

Why use ADSL?

Formed in 2008, our fully qualified, independent team of Chartered Chemists, Toxicologists, Microbiologists and Regulatory experts specialise in formulation and testing services within the cosmetic, household goods, food and industrial sectors. We are a UKAS accredited testing laboratory offering a range of accredited and non accredited microbiological tests. Our team includes individuals with a host of industry qualifications including Fellows of the Royal Society Of Chemistry and a “Chartered” Chemist and Scientist, Members of The Society Of Cosmetic Scientists, Members of the British Toxicology Society, Members of Society of Dermatology, Members of International Society of Dermoscopy, Members of European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology (EADV) along with Chem CSci, CChem FRSC and PhD attainment. With our exceptional expertise and complementary skills in manufacturing, process controls, industry regulation, health and safety, marketing, and project management we are with you every step of the way to see your product through to successful market launch. Furthermore, our technical consulting helps many businesses by cost effectively filling gaps in their skills and knowledge base and providing a fresh perspective and strategy on the best way forward. Fundamentally we have the the knowledge and know-how to successfully take your cosmetic product to market. Your product inside out.

Why choose ADSL?

We are the UK’s leading provider of microbiology testing and supporting services

Concept to shelf. We deliver our extensive range of services from our own leading UK based facilities, meaning better support and service for you. Whether a full “turnkey” product development from concept to shelf is needed or a single regulatory or testing requirement, we can help from under one roof.

Concept to shelf

We deliver our extensive range of services from our own leading UK based facilities, meaning better support and service for you. Whether a full “turnkey” product development from concept to shelf is needed or a single regulatory or testing requirement, we can help from under one roof.

Trusted by leading brands. From household names to start-ups, we support brands of all sizes, helping them get their products on to the shelf. We have a wide range of testing & compliance capabilities to assist at every part of the development lifecycle process.

Trusted by leading brands

From household names to start-ups, we support brands of all sizes, helping them get their products on to the shelf. We have a wide range of testing & compliance capabilities to assist at every part of the development lifecycle process.

Unrivalled expertise. Experts in our field, we have over 20 years of cosmetic formulation, compliance, testing and safety experience. Through this experience we can help customers to navigate through the increasingly demanding regulatory landscape.

Unrivalled expertise

Experts in our field, we have over 20 years of cosmetic formulation, compliance, testing and safety experience. Through this experience we can help customers to navigate through the increasingly demanding regulatory landscape.

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We have been using the services of ADSL since the beginning of 2013- for safety assessments, dermatological testing and routine microbial analyses. ADSL are our first choice for CPSRs as we value highly the professional but personal service, quick turn around and helpful advice.

Jonathan Clements, Technical Manager, Brodie & Stone International Plc

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“DCS have worked very closely with Mark Cavanagh at ADSL for many years and are very happy with the quality of service.”

Dr Philip Wright, Head of Technical, DCS Group

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“I have worked very closely with ADSL over the course of the last year and have been extremely happy with their technical services”

Simon Coe, Operations Director, Foam & Substance Ltd

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“Mayfield Laboratories has worked closely with ADSL since their incorporation in 2008. During this time ADSL have provided crucial technical advice and support to our company.”

Jim Bullen, Director, Mayfield Laboratories

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“Rodial have worked with ADSL over the last 5 years and are very happy with the quality of their services.”

Melanie Khoury, Head of New Product Development, The Rodial Group

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"DCS have worked very closely with Mark Cavanagh at ADSL for many years and are very happy with the quality of service."

Dr Philip Wright, Head of Technical, DCS Group

"Mayfield Laboratories has worked closely with ADSL since their incorporation in 2008. During this time ADSL have provided crucial technical advice and support to our company."

Jim Bullen, Director, Mayfield Laboratories

"Rodial have worked with ADSL over the last 5 years and are very happy with the quality of their services."

Melanie Khoury, Head of New Product Development, The Rodial Group

"I have worked very closely with ADSL over the course of the last year and have been extremely happy with their technical services"

Simon Coe, Operations Director, Foam & Substance Ltd

We have been using the services of ADSL since the beginning of 2013- for safety assessments, dermatological testing and routine microbial analyses. ADSL are our first choice for CPSRs as we value highly the professional but personal service, quick turn around and helpful advice.

Jonathan Clements, Technical Manager, Brodie & Stone International Plc