By – Eric Ittah
Good Practices in Pharmaceutical Microbiology Laboratories
Pharmaceutical Microbiology Lab
It is a specialty lab to test the identification of
pathogens and isolation of infecting agents.
A pharmaceutical microbiology lab is involved in :
Detection, isolation and identification of microorganism
Examining different samples with the use of microorganisms
Scope of a pharmaceutical microbiology lab
Microbiology testing must always be performed by
professionals who are qualified in microbiology. Adequate
training is required for competent performance of tests
and operation of equipment.Porfessionals must be trained
in safe handling of the microorganisms.
Microbiology laboratories must be designed to suit the
tests that are carried out in them. Sufficient space must
be there so that there is no mix up of activities or
samples. Access to this area must be restricted to
authorized personnel only.
A proper cleaning and disinfection program
should be there to ensure that all the testing
activities are performed in a proper manner.
Cleaning and Hygiene
A proper procedure
must be there to deal
with the spillages.
Hand washing and
must be there in place.
Each type of equipment or any other devices must be
there in the microbiology lab to ensure that
testing, verification and calibration can be performed in a
desired way. The devices must be maintained so that the
tests can be performed accurately.
All the chemicals including the
reagents, media, diluents, and other suspending
liquids must be
Labeling of chemicals
labeled to indicate
n date and expiry date
Using good practices in pharmaceutical microbiology labs
will ensure that all the tests are performed by
experienced professionals in a very hygienic and
disinfected environment using proper devices to get
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