Microban International Ltd., which offers odor control and antimicrobial solutions, expanded its Microban Microbiology Testing Services to non-partners.

The initiative provides independent testing and verification capabilities for evaluating antimicrobial performance of products for textiles and polymers. Experts from Microban’s Center of Excellence research facilities will lead companies, associations, universities and governmental organizations through the evaluation process from start to finish. At completion of the evaluation, Microban reviews the results with the client, providing guidance on next steps.

“We often receive inquiries and requests for microbiological testing from unsolicited customers who need test support,” said Ivan Ong, VP of research and development. “Expanding our service to meet industry demand is a natural next step. Given our 25 years of experience and core competence in understanding the antimicrobial performance of wide ranging products from textiles to polymers, we bring tremendous value to microbiological testing, which is why we chose to open our test labs for independent and confidential contract testing.”

The microbiology labs perform standard industrial tests, including the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for bacteria and fungus, as well as specialized field swabbing and identification of bacteria and fungus in manufacturing and development environments. The bacteria testing lab conducts qualitative and quantitative tests that are recognized by industry and international standards.

The fungal lab performs standard analyses to validate antifungal efficacy, modifies standard protocols for nutrient studies or utilizes fungal chambers to simulate environmental conditions.