What is MicroVal?

MicroVal is an international certification organisation for the validation and approval of alternative methods for the microbiological analysis of food and beverages. MicroVal validates and certifies alternative methods in order to show that such proprietary methods perform equally well as traditional, internationally standardized methods. MicroVal certification of alternative methods will ensure their acceptance by governmental inspection laboratories and laboratories in the food trade, throughout Europe, thus facilitating commerce within the European Union. In addition MicroVal is accepted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of USA as validation organization of alternative test methods.


MicroVal creates a standardized, globally recognized method validation system for test kit manufacturers who sell their products all over the world and have to meet local requirements and legal system. This is obtained by creating a system of validation and certification based on an International Standard (ISO 16140-2) for alternative methods.

MicroVal certified methods are recognized under legislative requirements within the EU, are also recognized by the US FDA. Mutual recognition has been discussed with other validating organizations such as AOAC and NordVal.

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