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Microbial Enumeration Tests

Use the ATCC products specified in USP <61> to evaluate the microbiological quality of your product

Determine the microbial bioburden of your nonsterile product

Many products such as cosmetics and personal care items are not required to be sterile when they are released to the market. To ensure the quality and safety of these products, manufacturers must evaluate how many microorganisms are present in the product to confirm that it complies with an established specification for microbial quality.

To evaluate the number of viable microbes in a sample, product manufacturers perform Microbial Enumeration Tests as defined in United States Pharmacopeia <61> (harmonized with European Pharmacopoeia 2.6.12 and Japanese Pharmacopoeia 4.05 I). USP <61> describes the methodology and test strains for evaluating the total count of aerobic bacteria and fungi present within a sample. The five challenge strains listed are those required for the test. These microorganisms must be managed using seed-lot culture maintenance techniques to ensure that the viable cultures are no more than five passages removed from the original culture.

USP <61> lists these organisms for testing

Staphylococcus aureus subsp. aureus Rosenbach


Price: $288.00 EA

Pseudomonas paraeruginosa Rudra et al.


Price: $288.00 EA

Bacillus spizizenii (Nakamura et al.) Dunlap et al.


Price: $288.00 EA

Candida albicans (Robin) Berkhout


Price: $288.00 EA

Aspergillus brasiliensis Varga et al.


Price: $288.00 EA

Conveniently order these strains as a panel

The ATCC Microbial Enumeration of Nonsterile Products Panel (ATCC MP-34) comprises the five microbial challenge organisms cited in USP <61> under one ATCC catalog number. This product enables you to easily order the strains you need while also receiving a bulk discount pricing of 10%, allowing you to take advantage of cost savings when compared to individual items.

Microbial Enumeration of Nonsterile Products Panel


Price: $1,152.00 ea

Why ATCC is a recommended source for quality control strains

ATCC is a trusted scientific resource that is committed to raising the standards for credibility in the life sciences. As an ISO 9001 certified and ISO/IEC 17025 accredited organization, you can trust that our microbial cultures are carefully authenticated, managed, and preserved using protocols that maintain the genotype and phenotype. At the heart of our preservation protocols is the seed stock concept. We utilize this methodology to ensure that our preserved cultures remain as close as possible to the original culture. This preservation method maintains these materials in a manner that permits reproducibility of results and ensures that our strains are minimally passaged, thus reducing the likelihood of contamination, genetic drift, mutation, and phenotypic variation.

Our microbial strains are authenticated and fully characterized using a polyphasic approach that elucidates both phenotypic and genotypic traits. Our comprehensive authentication process includes a variety of analyses such as morphology characterization, biochemical testing, MALDI-TOF MS, and whole-genome sequencing. What's more, in an effort to ensure the best quality for our authentication procedures, we are constantly evaluating and adopting novel methods and instrumentation that demonstrate improved levels of sensitivity and specificity.

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