Microbiological validation of sterilization processes

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Increase the safety of your products with microbiological validation

The hygienic and safe packing of food and cosmetic products is often challenging. This process step largely determines the quality and shelf-life of the final product. Foods that are fresh or foods that easily spoil such as milk and dairy products and cosmetic products must be packaged under sterile or near-sterile conditions. In order to achieve this, the packaging is sterilized just before being filled with the products. Industry uses a variety of machine concepts and sterilization methods for this based on chemical or physical technologies. These must have precise and reproducible effects.

Determination of the efficiency of sterilization methods in filling plants

We perform microbiological validations in the form of challenge tests. These measure the effectiveness of the sterilization systems in your filling plants. Using defined methods such as artificially contaminated foods, cosmetics and packaging materials, we identify possible weak spots in your filling process and evaluate the overall effectiveness of your sterilization system. Based on the results we give you advice about process optimization and plant design. Simultaneously we offer validation of microbiological efficiency in accordance with VDMA recommendations and technical bulletins.

Bottles must be filled under sterile conditions.
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With the help of packaging materials contaminated with defined and standardized test pathogens we evaluate your filling processes for potential risks.
Test germs are used for microbiological validation.
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The results of the microbiological validation indicate the effectiveness of your sterilization process.
Test germs are used to check the sterilization performance of a sterilization process.
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We also assess the effectiveness of new physical sterilization methods such as plasma technology.

Effective design of packaging processes for microbiological safety

Our offer

  • Verification and quantification of the effectiveness of different sterilization methods in accordance with VDMA recommendations

  • Identification of potential points of microbiological risk in the process chain in the development phase and also on start up on-site and for re-validation purposes

  • Monitoring plant sterilization (sterilization-in-place)

  • On-site validation of the effectiveness of sterilization

  • Development of specific, resistance-tested bioindicators

  • Microbiological tests on packaging materials

  • Assessment of the overall hygienic state of production areas

  • Evaluation of complex cases of contamination

  • Advice on the development of sterilization  systems

Advice about the whole process chain

We can provide you with expert advice

We evaluate the efficiency of your sterilization systems based on microbiological validation. However, as an independent institute we can also provide you with many services in order to ensure the quality and safety of your products at every stage of the value-creation chain.

Contact us

Would you like to discuss your sterilization systems and filling processes with us? Then please get in touch with our experts in the field of microbiological validation.