Assurance® GDS Services

Microbiological food services

Pathogen testing using the Assurance® GDS system

As increasing numbers QC labs adopt rapid detection methods to monitor microbial contamination in food products, we can help you to implement our Assurance® GDS rapid detection system and related consumables in a fast and efficient way. Let’s work together on getting your products into the market faster so you can optimize your return on investment.

  • Feasibility study and method optimization
  • Installation and software updates
  • Training services: initial operator training and refresher including certification, on-site and on-line
  • Instrument services: maintenance and repair coverage, extended warranty

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Assurance® GDS method development services

Optimize or simplify your bioburden testing method using the Assurance® GDS Pipetmax and Rotorgene systems for easy validation and cost-effective testing

Feasibility Study

Experimental study done in our application laboratory using your samples and microbial strain(s). Assessment of the matrix compatibility with the Assurance GDS system following one of the Assurance® GDS protocols:

  • Tests will be executed on one matrix quantity (e.g. 25 g or 375 g), with one microorganism selected by the Customer at one spike level. Alternatively, is it possible to use naturally contaminated product if desired.
  • Assessment of the matrix antimicrobial activity.
  • Assessment of the matrix inhibitory effect on the Assurance® GDS detection
  • Assessment of the enrichment step efficacy for the detection of the microorganism.
  • Evaluation of the Assurance® GDS detection versus the routine test method with the microorganism of choice.
  • Possibility to order separately for any additional parameter to test: e.g. microorganism, spike level, matrix quantity, incubation condition, etc.

Method Optimization

Experimental study done in our application laboratory using your samples and microbial strain(s). Assessment of the matrix compatibility with the Assurance® GDS system following one of the Assurance® GDS protocols:

  • Tests will be executed on one matrix quantity (e.g. 25 g or 375 g), with one microorganism selected by the Customer at one spike level. Alternatively, is it possible to use naturally contaminated product if desired.
  • Assessment of the matrix antimicrobial activity.
  • Assessment of the matrix inhibitory effect on the Assurance® GDS detection.
  • Assessment of the enrichment step efficacy for the detection of the microorganism.
  • Development of a custom method using an Assurance® GDS protocol, e.g. development of a matrix pre-treatment, determination of a specific washing procedure, etc.
  • Determination of the optimal enrichment step(s) for the detection of the microorganism(s).
  • Possibility to order the reference GSMEDEVEX for any additional parameter to test: e.g. microorganism, spike level, matrix quantity, incubation condition, etc.

Assurance® GDS validation services*

Verify your Assurance® GDS system has been properly installed and get ready for routine use!

Functionality Testing Report

Our ready-to-use Functionality Testing Report is based on our internal product qualification test methods. This protocol enables you to easily verify that your new system has been installed properly and test its core functions. Thus, you make sure that you can start your testing under the best conditions.

PQ Consultancy Service:

Consulting service for microbiological validation to plan and perform the PQ:

  • On-site support for implementation of the PQ tests
  • Consumables and media calculation
  • Training on recovery test techniques
  • Data formatting and report finalization
  • Scheduling of the tests
  • Data interpretation, comments and conclusion

Assurance® GDS Rotor-Gene™ and Pipetmax™ service plans: on-site or at repair center

 

Rely on your system and minimize the breakdown risk

Your benefits:

  • Ensure optimum performance and reliability of your system
  • Increase the lifetime of your system
  • Comprehensive documentation

Service plans

We offer a variety of service plans that can be executed either in our local repair center or at customer site (where available). Preventive maintenance and pump verification ensure efficient operation of critical testing equipment. Every system should be serviced regularly to ensure its performance remains compliant with the specifications. We recommend checking and adjusting the system on an annual basis as well as after repair service.

  • Preventive maintenance including “as found” and “as left” tests
  • Maintenance kits
  • Repair coverage
  • Genuine spare parts
  • Performance report
  • Rush fee optional

Assurance® GDS training services*

Ensure your lab team can get the best out of your Assurance® GDS system

  • Benefit from decades of expertise
  • Certify your lab staff
  • Avoid common handling issues

Operator Training

In-depth training on water and beverages testing for a minimum of 2 participants in our regional training center or at your site. Each participant receives a customized handout:

  • Presentation of the Assurance® GDS system, accessories and consumables
  • Method lifecycle overview: application and method development, system qualification, method validation, operator training and system maintenance
  • Hands-on training: assembling the system, usage (with your products in their final containers), cleaning, troubleshooting and common mistakes
  • Question session
  • Final examination and grading of the attendees with certificate of training

Learn more about the Assurance® GDS System

Learn more about the Assurance® GDS Training Services