Environmental Monitoring Accessories

By Gill Power

Environmental Monitoring Solutions

 

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Improving Your Website Search Experience

By Gill Power

How was your experience of our website?

I’ve recently found myself recently doing some data analysis from searches on our website along with my other jobs.  I must admit to being a bit of a nerd (of course you are I hear you say, you’re a scientist!).  So looking at facts and a figures and trying to interpret them is right up my street.  On this occasion the facts and figures I was asked to analyse were failed search results, where no links were suggested for a particular search.  I...

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Global Reach of the Yellow SAS Microbial Air Samplers

By Gill Power

The American Society for Microbiology recently held their annual meeting in Boston, USA.  ASM is a much respected society and their annual general meeting attracts over 10,000 visitors to view more than 3,500 scientific posters, attend 250 seminars & workshops and visit 270 exhibitors.  I was lucky enough to visit the 2013 event in Denver and then again in Boston for ASM 2014.  The scale of the event dwarfs any meeting we have in the UK, but I guess that shouldn’t be a surprise!

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FAQs on our prepared media

By Gill Power

We receive numerous questions every day about the Redipor range of prepared media products and SAS active air samplers.  The answers to the most frequently asked questions can be found on the FAQs page.

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Fumigation of the Future - Article Abstract

By Gill Power

Alternatives to Formaldehyde fumigation

After just over six months into my new job here at Cherwell Laboratories and much to my surprise, I was asked to contribute an article of my choice to a magazine called the Medicine Maker.  The Medicine Maker covers a wide range of topics and news about the pharmaceutical industry.  As much experience as I have in environmental monitoring, my real specialist subject is fumigation, specifically with formaldehyde.  Before I joined Cherwell Laboratories,...

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Redipor New Products - From Enquiry to Production

By Andrew Ramage

The responsibilities and procedures for new Redipor products

As I settle into my new role here at Cherwell Laboratories one of my main tasks is to manage the process of getting Redipor® new product requests from the sales office down to QA and Production and ultimately to the customer.  As a smaller manufacturer of prepared media we are able to produce small batches of bespoke media or buffers to the customer’s specification.  This month’s blog will hopefully give you an appreciation of what...

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Pharmig Conference - March 2016

By Gill Power

Keeping up to date with topical information and views on microbiologically related topics

The Oxfordshire Golf Club, Hotel and Spa was the venue for two Pharmig conferences on the 2nd and 3rd of March.  The 2nd March conference was the Best Practices in Environmental Monitoring: Covering Steriles and Non-Steriles.  The 3rd March conference was the Latest Updates on Sporicides - As Part of Your Transfer Process aimed mainly at NHS staff.  Cherwell Laboratories was represented on both days by...

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Pitfalls to Avoid in Growth Potential (GPT) Testing

By Gill Power

Best Practice for Growth Potential Testing

It seems that there is a struggle to perform GPT in a co-ordinated and well documented approach. GPT testing is a regulatory expectation from a cGMP microbiology laboratory and there have been some issues with trepidations and data integrity observations in the microbiology labs around the subject of GPT testing. I have written what I believe is the best practice for GPT which you can find linked as a separate document. For advice on what pitfalls...

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Why Use Neutralisers in your Environmental Monitoring Plates?

By Gill Power

For those of you working to the orange guide and/or the guidance in the European Pharmacopoeia you will notice the absence of specific guidance on how to monitor your cleanrooms. The USP <797> however does give specific advice on what media to use and specifies that surface sampling must be supplemented with additives to neutralise the effects of disinfectants.

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Pharmig 2015 Annual Conference

By Gill Power

Keeping up to date with current topics and developments in microbiology

The annual Pharmig conference took place at the Nottingham on the 25th and 26th November 2016. For those who haven’t been to this event it is a mix of presentations by leading industry figures and open discussion sessions covering the latest “hot topics” where delegates can share experiences and discuss the latest regulatory information. There were also a large number of trade stands selling everything the...

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