Biological Indicator Population Verification
The Biological Indicator Population Verification test determines the number of spores on a biological indicator (BI) and is typically used to verify the BI manufacturer’s labeled population. This test can also be used to enumerate survivors from a sterilization process to determine lethality rates and D-values.
Initial population verification is necessary because the population of the BIs can change during shipping and/or storage. Population enumeration on samples exposed to the sterilant is also important because it provides quantitative data whereas a BI sterility test only provides growth/no growth results.
Testing requirements are outlined in USP <55> and ISO 11138. Our experts have the capability to perform testing on all types of biological indicator configurations such as BI strips, disks, stainless steel sutures, inoculated wires, and spore suspensions and can offer one-on-one guidance. Please contact our Study Director for more details on the standards, samples, and testing requirements appropriate for your product.
- ISO 11138
- USP 55
Standard turn around times (TAT) are listed below. Ask an expert for a specific consultation on your product.
|Code||Test||TAT (days)||Request Quote|
|BPV110||BI Population Verification (USP), Pooled Results, 3 BIs||10||Add|
|BPV120||BI Population Verification (USP), Individual Results, 3 BIs||10||Add|
|BPV125||BI Population Verification (ISO), Pooled Results, 4 BIs||10||Add|
|BPV130||BI Population Verification (ISO), Individual Results, 4 BIs||10||Add|
BPV110 - BI Population Verification (USP), Pooled Results, 3 BIs
BPV120 - BI Population Verification (USP), Individual Results, 3 BIs
BPV125 - BI Population Verification (ISO), Pooled Results, 4 BIs
BPV130 - BI Population Verification (ISO), Individual Results, 4 BIs
BPV110: Minimum 3-4 BIs
BPV120: Minimum 3 BIs
BPV125: Minimum 3 BIs
BPV130: Minimum 4 BIs
Study OutlineIn Biological Indicator Population Verification testing, BIs are macerated using a validated technique such as blending or by sterile glass beads. Other methods can be used as required. After heat shocking, the
suspension is diluted to yield colonies in the range of 30–300 colony-forming units (CFU) and then plated.