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About the Microbiology Laboratory
What We Do
The primary focus of the Microbiology Laboratory, under the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), is standardization of existing test methods and the development and validation of methods for new uses and emerging pathogens for antimicrobial products with public health claims – products used to kill or suppress the growth of pathogenic microorganisms on inanimate objects and surfaces. A variety of pathogens including bacteria, viruses, Mycobacterium, Clostridium difficile, and biofilms are of interest. The laboratory is instrumental in advancing the science of antimicrobial product testing and provides technical expertise to standard-setting organizations and various agency stakeholder groups.
The laboratory also supports other agency offices on Homeland Security initiatives and is registered with the CDC/USDA Select Agent Program. Technical workshops, training, and multi-laboratory collaborative studies are key priorities.
Projects and Programs Managed by the Microbiology Laboratory
- Antimicrobial Testing Program
- Antimicrobial Testing Methods and Procedures Methods Index
- OCSPP Harmonized Test Methods
Susan Lawrence, Chief