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EN 14348

Evaluation of Mycobactericidal activity of Chemical Disinfectant

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BS EN 14348 : 2005 – Quantitative suspension test for the evaluation of mycobactericidal activity of chemical disinfectants in the medical area including instrument disinfectants (phase 2, step 1)

EN 14348 specifies a test method that determines mycobactericidal (or tuberculocidal) activity of chemical disinfectant products intended for use in the medical area.

Mycobacterial strains show resistance to disinfectants because of their complex cell wall structure. Such strains are a more common cause of cross – infections and associated severe complications in hospital settings. Disinfectants claiming to possess tuberculocidal and mycobactericidal properties are tested against objectionable strains to determine their efficacy.

EN 14348 Test Conditions & Requirement

  • Mandatory test microorganisms – 
  1.  For Mycobactericidal activity – Mycobacterium avium and Mycobacterium terrae
  2. For Tuberculocidal Activity – Mycobacterium terrae
  • Test temperature     20 °C
  • Contact time –  60 min
  • Log reduction Tested product must achieve 4 log reduction value
  • Interfering substance –
  1. Clean conditions  – 0.3 g/l bovine albumin solution 
  2. Dirty conditions – 3.0 g/l bovine albumin solution and 3.0 ml/l erythrocyte
EN 14348 test procedure

EN 14348 Test Method

  • Test sample is added into solution of test microorganisms and interfering substance. Mixture is allowed to interact for a specific duration.
  • At the end of contact period, 1 ml of solution is further transferred into neutralizing solution to suppress bactericidal activity.
  • Neutralizing extract is plated and incubated to enumerate remaining viable cells.
  • After incubation, bacterial colonies are enumerated and results are compared to the control sample.

MIS carries out EN 14348 disinfectant efficacy testing that is compliant with the specific requirements of international standards.

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EN 14348 test is phase 2 step 1 quantitative suspension test that determines mycobactericidal activity of chemical disinfectants intended for use in medical areas.

EN 14348 test is applicable for chemical disinfectants and instrument disinfectants to be used in areas or situations where disinfection is medically indicated.

Turnaround time for testing against Mycobacterium avium will be four to six weeks. While testing against Mycobacterium terrae will take three to four weeks.

At Microbe Investigations, we test for EN 14348 using the following microbial strains: Mycobacterium avium and Mycobacterium terrae.

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