Bioburden Testing and its Rapid Microbiological Methods

The bioburden test Generally is often seen as the evaluation that is Performed on the bulk solution used for parenteral goods, either manufactured aseptically or terminally sterilized. The methods used are membrane filtration, plate count method or MPN according to Ph. Eur. 2.6.12 or USP. By definition these approaches are considered as validated by the pharmacopeia. Every time a different technique is applied, it is suggested to confirm this method according to Ph. Eur. 5.1.6., USP or PDA TR No. 33 and also to show equivalence to the pharmacopeial method. Such validations for rapid or alternative microbiological methods RMM can be found and are performed either by the provider or some pharmaceutical firms. However, each company that applies its own RMM should confirm the Method for the intended purpose.

Since many programs are available on the current market, a range of RMMs are introduced in the next paragraph which may be used for bioburden testing with no promise of being exhaustive. Among the basic questions when assessing a RMM for bioburden testing Is the limit of detection required. An acceptance criterion of 10 cuff/100 ml is frequently used for the bioburden for parenteral products EMEA 1996, but it can be greater, as in biotech APIs, and then other methods with a less sensitive limit of detection may be used.

Bioburden Testing

  • Automated detection of expansion: Normally development is detected by incubating agar plates for 3-7 days and then analysing microbial growth by the human eye. Thus, using an approach by which the parasitic growth can be discovered earlier is a fantastic choice and validation work is not as complicated. Several such approaches are offered in the marketplace and are described below. For fully automatic, traceable counting of colonies, biomatrix’s Oversight Compact incubates plates at an intelligent incubator taking high resolution images every 30 minutes, specific algorithms detect some growth as it happens and reported results include the growth curve and final picture of the plate.
  • Staining: Filterable products are processed with the compendial method but after incubation generally for a shorter time compared to samples assessed by the human eye, they are stained with CFDA carboxyfluorescein diacetate, which is a non-fluorescent substrate. Within the cell the CFDA is cleaved into carboxyfluorescein that may be discovered from the Millipore Milli flex Quantum system sooner than colonies could be detected by the human eye. In terms of the compendial method, the limit of detection is 1 cfu and identification of the isolate is possible. This system was validated and this investigation will be released by the end of 2016.

The autofluorescence of microorganisms are available in real time by means of a laser normally of 405 nm, such as IMD-WTM by Bio Vigilant. Such systems operate with water samples; however, the way they operate with goods isn’t known to the writer. The instrument can be applied as an internet system, i.e., no expansion step is necessary. The limit of detection is 1 cfu, but the cfu isn’t growth-based, rather than just growing species are detected but also the VBNC.