Following the ongoing success of our VeganSure testing service, we can now supply vegan dehydrated culture media (DCM) worldwide. So, if your testing facilities for vegan beauty and cosmetics products are in-house or sub-contracted, you can perform routine microbiological testing and assure the safety of your vegan cosmetic products, in line with your brand’s ethical stance.

All VeganSure DCM products are validated against traditional media to ensure quality of results and meet the requirements of the UK and EU Cosmetic Regulations. All animal-derived ingredients usually found in standard culture media and neutralisers are replaced with plant-based or synthetic alternatives, such as papaya-derived enzymes, soya bean, and plant peptones. The VeganSure DCM collection comprises eight products:

Suitable for all cosmetic microbiological testing, VeganSure® Agar (VSA), V7 Neutralising Broth, Vegan Maximum Recovery Diluent (VMRD), and Potato Dextrose Agar (PDA) are registered with The Vegan Society’s Trademark, meaning that companies who use them can claim the VeganSure stamp of approval, without having to be physically audited by The Vegan Society.

Registration of Sabouraud Dextrose Agar (SDA), VeganSure® Broth (VSB), V Nutrient Agar, and V Nutrient Broth with The Vegan Society’s Trademark is underway.

Additionally, the media is sold in handy single 1L shot sachets and all packaging is either 100% recyclable or biodegradable.

Please click here for more information, about our VeganSure DCM, including technical specifications.

To order VeganSure® DCM, or for any further information, please contact us.

For cleanroom and sterile environments especially, it is imperative that whole room decontamination systems, such as disinfection devices that use ultraviolet radiation, have proven efficacy. In March 2022, new method BS 8628:2022 was published; this covers the requirements and methodology for testing the efficacy of UV devices. We are pleased to offer testing to this industry standard at our in-house laboratories to assure companies that the UV disinfection system employed at their facilities is both suitable for use and effective against the organisms that pose the greatest risks.

Largely based on the existing airborne disinfection standard EN 17272:2020, with some minor variations for UV devices, this method standardises a distance for the emitter from a test surface, allowing for an assessment of power vs contact time for the UV unit. It covers the requirements and methodology for testing the efficacy of UV devices, determining bactericidal, mycobactericidal, sporicidal, yeasticidal, fungicidal, virucidal and phagocidal activities.

Previously, remote UV systems had no formal guidance on their effectiveness. The assumption of efficacy had been based on available research papers and in-house test methods of multiple testing labs or research facilities, which means that each different machine may have been tested in completely different ways – if it has undergone testing at all.

Any facility employing the use of disinfection using ultraviolet radiation should ensure that they are aware of the changes now in effect and whether their system is fit for use under the new guidance. To book a test or for further information or advice, please contact us.


(ISO 18184 -Determination of Antiviral Activity of Textile Products)

In recent years, an increasing number of products in the textile industry have been developed with protective effects for health and hygiene. These antiviral textile products are fabrics, which can reduce the number of infective virus particles that can survive on its surface.

Our experienced team can help determine the antiviral activity of your textile products by performing the ISO 18184 test. This standard provides a quantitative method to assess the antiviral performance of textile products. Suitable materials for this test include woven and knitted fabrics, fibres, yarns, braids etc. Very thick or absorbent products (such as carpets, which cannot be removed from the backing) may not be suitable for testing by this method. Please speak to us to discuss alternative methods that can be used.

The method of testing the antiviral activity of textiles involves placing and incubating a small amount of virus on the treated and untreated fabric for a specific contact time, according to ISO 18184 procedures. At the end of the test, the amount of virus surviving on the treated and untreated control fabric is counted and the reduction rate is calculated. This is expressed as a percentage reduction on the test report.

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This test data can then be used to report the specific antiviral activity of a product (labelled ISO 18184). This test is readily available for the following viruses: feline coronavirus, Influenza H3N2, Influenza H1N1, Feline Calicivirus, and Vaccinia virus (other viruses may be available on request).

The booking process is incredibly straightforward. Simply choose the date you would like to receive your report and send us your sample textiles within seven days of reserving this. We will then perform the test and submit your technical report on the agreed date. For more information and to book, click here.