chapter  11
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Microbiological Testing of Disinfectants and Decontaminants for Critical Surfaces

WithDaniel A. Klein

CONTENTS 11.1 Introduction ............................................................................................. 215 11.2 Hard Surface Testing.............................................................................. 216

11.2.1 Screening Studies ...................................................................... 216 11.2.2 Regulatory Studies.................................................................... 218 11.2.3 In Situ Studies ........................................................................... 221

11.3 Skin Testing ............................................................................................. 222 11.3.1 Screening Studies ...................................................................... 223 11.3.2 Regulatory Studies.................................................................... 224 11.3.3 In Situ Studies ........................................................................... 227

References ........................................................................................................... 227

This chapter is not intended to review every microbiological method in detail for testing disinfectants and decontaminants. There are entire books and scientific journals dedicated to the subject. Instead, the intent of this chapter is to outline some of the better choices for characterizing these materials, both for product development and for end users, provide references, and outline some of the pitfalls to avoid.