USP 51 – Antimicrobial Testing
USP 51 is an Antimicrobial test method that determines the antimicrobial efficacy of a material’s antimicrobial preservatives. Similar to other preservation challenge methods, USP 51 is commonly used to evaluate the performance of preservatives used in cosmetics and personal care products.
The USP 51 antimicrobial test is from chapter 51 of the United States Pharmacopeia.
Preservatives are antimicrobial additives that are incorporated into product formulations to help maintain the quality of a product by inhibiting and reducing microbial contamination.
Preservatives can be inherently toxic; knowing the correct dose that efficiently inhibits microbial growth but does not have adverse effects on human health is key to a successful product formulation.
Standard testing is tested against 5 organisms, 3 bacteria and 2 fungi, and is a minimum of 28 days.
Customers commonly request USP 51 for personal care products, pet care products, and cosmetics. USP 51 is also commonly used for product development testing, quality control and product performance testing.
For more information on preservation testing and antimicrobial performance, contact our antimicrobial testing laboratory at 847-483-9950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.