With the ever-increasing need for effective disinfection and hygiene practices, it is crucial to stay up-to-date with the latest testing standards for disinfectants and antiseptics. At Melbec, we hold accreditation to BS EN 13697:2015+A1:2019 test [...]
Melbec Microbiology was set up in 2013 by Dawn Mellors, an experienced microbiologist who has spent her working life in biocidal, cosmetic, and contract laboratories. Melbec offer a complete range of testing for these markets, [...]
Since November last year we have been on a journey to reduce the waste associated with a key element of our testing process, our in-house neutraliser. We have created this blog post to detail how [...]
Avian Flu – What is it and can you test against it?
Published On: May 31, 2023
What is Avian Flu? Avian Flu, also known as H5N1, is a type of influenza that causes a highly infectious, severe respiratory disease in birds. Human cases of Avian Flu (H5N1) occur infrequently, and it [...]
What is Candida auris? Candida auris is a multidrug-resistant yeast. This means that it is resistant to many antifungal antibiotics that are commonly used to treat Candida infections. Some strains of Candida auris are resistant [...]
We have been out visiting clients over the past year, something that we have really missed doing during the lockdowns and restrictions, and we have loved getting to see our clients, both new and old [...]
8th March – International Women’s Day 2023 – Henrietta Lacks
Published On: March 7, 2023
This International Women’s Day, we have decided to highlight Henrietta Lacks and the impact she has had on medical science over the past 70+ years. For those of you who might not know who Henrietta [...]
Assessment of the Impact of a Cosmetic Product on the Skin Microbiota
Published On: January 20, 2023
Melbec Microbiology are excited to announce a new set of testing focused on looking at how personal care and cosmetics products affect the skin microbiome. The human skin microbiota is a complex and evolving area [...]
For many years Melbec have been testing UV machines, basing testing protocols on similar, relevant standards along with real-life scenarios of how the machine would be used. However, all labs that were testing these UV [...]
It's World Quality Week and this year's theme is "Quality conscience: doing the right thing". Along with improving the quality of our service, something we work on every day, we are keen to look at [...]
Over the last couple of weeks, we have finally managed to get solar panels installed on the roof of our labs in Rossendale, Lancashire. Although we already used 100% renewable energy for both our labs [...]
Melbec Microbiology are proud to be the only contract testing laboratory to be awarded a flexible scope of accreditation for Phase 2, Step 1 biocidal suspension tests. This means that, in addition to our fixed [...]
How Can Climate Change Negatively Impact the Skin Microbiome and Cause Skin Conditions?
Published On: June 22, 2022
The many variables of climate change including temperature, humidity, UV radiation, and air pollution, all influence our skin, our outermost protective barrier against such environmental factors. As well as our skin cells, the cutaneous barrier [...]
Burkholderia cepacia complex (BCC): What is it and should you be testing for it?
Published On: June 7, 2022
Burkholderia cepacia has been in the news recently as it was thought to have contaminated up to 180 bottles of hair product, causing the production company to voluntarily recall the product. What is Burkholderia cepacia? [...]
Monkeypox – What is it and how can the spread be minimised?
Published On: May 23, 2022
Monkeypox is an infectious disease caused by the monkeypox virus. It can occur in certain animals, including humans. The monkeypox virus is an enveloped virus from the orthopoxvirus genus in the family poxviridae. The orthopoxvirus [...]
Antimicrobial finished on textiles have generated a lot of interest in recent years in both the medical and textiles clothing industry. Here at Melbec, we have seen the industry and demand for the appropriate micro [...]
Testing cosmetic products is essential for anyone wanting to produce and sell cosmetics in the EU, it is required by law and applies to all; big manufacturers and small or independent brands. Products must be [...]