New BioControl Assurance GDS certificate issued

MicroVal has approved the issuing of the certificate for a method by Biocontrol Systems, Inc. The Assurance GDS® Cronobacter Tq II for the detection of Cronobacter spp. in infant formula, infant cereals and environmental samples has been certified, based on the results of the validation study performed by Q laboratories. The certificate has number 2017LR77.

First MicroVal certificate for method by 3M Food Safety

MicroVal has approved the issuing of the certificate for a method by 3MTM Food Safety. The Petrifilm™ Rapid E. Coli Coliform Count (REC) for the enumeration of E. coli and coliforms in a broad range of foods has been certified, based on the results of the validation study performed by Q laboratories. The certificate has number 2017LR76.

First MicroVal certificate issued for Charm Sciences’ method

MicroVal has approved the issuing of the certificate for the method by Charm Sciences, Inc. The Peelplate® EB for the detection and enumeration of Enterobacteriaceae in heat processed milk and dairy products, infant formula and infant cereal, has been certified based on the results of the validation study by Q laboratories. The certificate can be found by the number 2017LR69.

Two new MC-Media Pad certificates issued

In December 2018 MicroVal approved the issuing of two certificates for two MC-Media pad methods developed by JNC Corporation. The MC-Media pad CCTM for the enumeration of coliforms in foods and the MC-Media pad ECTM for the enumeration of coliforms and Escherichia coli in foods were both certified based on the results of a validation study by Campden BRI. The certificates have number 2017LR70 and 2017LR71.

Two SY-LAB certificates issued

Two  SY-LAB certificates issued

In December MicroVal approved the issuing of two certificates for methods developed by SY-LAB Geräte GmbH. The RiboFlow® Listeria Twin Testkit for the detection of Listeria Monocytogenes and Listeria spp was certified based on the results of a validation study by RIVM. Campden BRI performed the validation study for AMP-6000® TMAC for the enumeration of Total Aerobic Mesophilic Count. The certificates have number 2015LR53 and 2015LR60.

Successful workshop confirmation methods

On 29 October 2018, MicroVal organised a successful workshop on the validation and verification of alternative microbiological confirmation methods.

Recently MicroVal approved on the issuing of the first validation certificates for confirmation methods worldwide, for the Bruker Maldi-Tof. These have been issued based on the results of four parallel validation studies for four different target organisms (Cronobacter spp, Samonella spp, Campylobacter and Listeria spp. & Listeria Monocytogenes).

The objectives of the workshop were to inform and exchange on verification and validation of microbiological methods, especially focussing on alternative confirmation methods. The current developments of the relevant standards on validation of alternative microbiological confirmation methods (ISO/DIS 16140-6), on in-house method validation (ISO/DIS 16140- 4) and  verification (ISO/DIS 16140-3) were also discussed.

It was a successful workshop with a full auditorium and lively participation. MicroVal aims to organize more workshops in the future.

MicroVal: validation based on consensus, standards and rules

An important part of the MicroVal validation process is the presentation and discussion of study results in the MicroVal Technical Committee (MVTC).

The MVTC comprises of more than 15 members, including representatives of test kit manufactures, expert labs, end users and government. Decisions in the MVTC  regarding, for instance, validation are based on consensus amongst members, with the ISO 16140 and the MicroVal rules as a solid foundation. The combined knowledge and experience of the members allows for flexibility and innovation, at the same time providing trust and accountability.

World premiere: MicroVal validates four confirmation methods

MicroVal is the first validation platform to approve the issue of certificates according to ISO 16140-6 for confirmation methods.

The Maldi Biotyper has been approved according to the new ISO 16140-part 6 standard. Four certificates have been issued, based on the results of parallel validation studies for four different target organisms (Cronobacter spp, Samonella spp, Campylobacter and Listeria spp. & Listeria Monocytogenes). In parallel, the Maldi-Tof solution was approved according to AOAC-OMA by AOAC International. During the AOAC annual meeting in Toronto the MALDI Biotyper was awarded Method of the Year.