Monday, 20 June 2016

Cleaning efficiency for glassware in the pharmaceutical microbiology laboratory


The cleaning of glassware is an important preliminary step prior to sterilisation in the microbiology laboratory. If insufficient cleaning takes place, residues of culture media and chemicals can remain and these could potentially have an impact upon microbial growth during various microbiological qualitative and quantitative tests. This paper outlines a study where four different manual cleaning regimes were used to evaluate glassware cleaning. It was found that a 5% solution of neutral detergent, followed by two rinses was the most efficient method. The experiment is put forward as a case study for other laboratories to replicate as necessary.

In relation to this, Tim Sandle and Ravikrishna Satyada have written a new research paper.

The reference is:

Sandle, T. and Satyada, R. (2016) Determination of the cleaning efficiency for glassware in the pharmaceutical microbiology laboratory, European Journal of Parenteral & Pharmaceutical Sciences; 21(1): 16-22

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