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Microbiology Testing & Consultancy

Whether you're finding the root cause of failures, developing the next generation of products, or fulfilling QA / QC requirements, Lucideon offers an array of microbiology testing services to suit your needs. Coupled with our chemical, physical, and surface analysis capabilities, our range of microbiology testing means that we offer our medical device, pharmaceutical, and consumer healthcare clients all the testing, analysis, and development they require.




  • Microbial Limits Testing and Validation (to Ph Eur/USP)
  • Sterility Testing and Validation (to Ph Eur/USP)
  • Preservative/Antimicrobial Efficacy Testing (to Ph Eur/USP)
  • Bacterial Endotoxin (LAL) Testing (to Ph Eur/USP)
  • Water Testing (to Ph Eur/USP/ISO 9308-2/ISO 6222/ISO 14189)
  • Environmental Monitoring incubation and assessment
  • Bacterial Identification to species level and Fungal Identification to genus level
  • Media growth promotion and quality checks
  • Bioburden determination to BS EN ISO 11737-1
  • Cleaning and disinfectant validation for reusable devices
  • Cleanroom microbiological monitoring to ISO 14644


We also provide solutions to your materials problems throughout the product lifecycle, including materials development support for anti-microbial products, product claim support, and microbial identification for failure analysis.

Pharmaceutical microbiology testing

Whether you need to ensure sterility, determine antimicrobial effectiveness, microbial contamination or bioburden, analyse endotoxins, or identify flora from your environmental monitoring processes, we are here to help. We will work with you as part of your team not only to provide comprehensive quality data, but also timely and effective solutions to any challenges that you face.

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Sterility testing

Sterility testing is a key GMP microbiology testing requirement for sterile pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and materials, to ensure they are safe for use. We are capable of testing to Ph EUR, USP, FDA, or BS EN ISO 11737-2. We test bulk and final drug products as well as raw materials, and perform bacteriostasis/fungistasis tests to assess if microorganism growth is inhibited.

Microbiology method development

Our Microbiology team are the method development experts of choice for R&D investigations or batch release testing.

Complete with a development team focused on research, innovation, and method creation and transfer, our scientists can help to develop methods from scratch, optimise, modify, or validate existing methods, and determine which bacteria and media to utilise. We can even conduct market and scientific research on methods and materials.

GMP analytical method development

With vast experience in the pharmaceutical industry, our GM microbiology laboratories can develop QC methodologies for your products that are compliant for use in pharmaceutical manufacturing environments. We can help you to assess any risks related to impurities, whether related to packaging (extractables and leachables), raw materials, or manufacturing processes. We can also provide support for cleaning validations of production lines, among many other offerings.


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White Papers

Reusable Medical Devices
Cleaning and Sterilization Validation of Reusable Medical Devices

Nosocomial infections (hospital acquired infections) are a major but often preventable threat to patient safety

Quality by Design for the Pharmaceutical Industry

The concept of Quality by Design (QbD) is not a new idea but it is only in recent years that it has been considered for all aspects of the development process for pharmaceutical products

Abuse Deterrence for the Pharmaceutical Market

This white paper explores the market drivers for abuse deterrence and identifies possible solutions

Case Studies

Cleaning Product
Lucideon Validates the Efficacy of Sterilising Products

Validation of the effectiveness of detergents, cleaning wipes and spray and wipe products in removing surface bacteria

Surface Yellowing of a Drug Tablet upon Light Exposure

ToF-SIMS investigation into tablet discolouration

Crystallite Contamination
Crystallite Contamination in a Drug Formulation

Analysis by time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry