Environmental monitoring (EM) is one of the critical parts of the overall microbial testing process performed in pharmaceutical manufacturing. With the traditional EM method, microbiologists use standard contact plates. Samples are captured, the contact plate is incubated and the number of colony-forming units are reported.
While the traditional environmental monitoring is a successful component of microbial testing of manufacturing, it is prone to handling and other potential errors. Because of the large number of samples typically associated with environmental monitoring, testing requires a great deal of time and effort from highly trained technicians – scarce resources in an environment that requires ever-greater efficiency and continual growth. A faster, more efficient and less error-prone alternative is the Growth DirectTM System, which automates and accelerates the compendial method using the same sample preparation techniques.