The Irish Equine Centre has a global reputation for disinfectant efficacy testing within the equine and animal industries. We meet with our clients to understand their testing requirements and develop disinfectant trials specific to the disinfectant product. The application of the product, e.g. fogging, spraying, is taken into consideration when developing the trial. We offer a unique perspective to disinfectant testing with opportunities to test products against our bank of bacterial field strains that have relevance to the industry.
Disinfectants can be tested using two categories of tests. The first are suspension tests, where the disinfectant product is tested against the bacteria in solution and these are referred to as Phase 2, Step 1 trials. This type of testing is the most common used product aimed at the equine industry. Testing is based on the following standards:
The second category of test are surface tests where the disinfectant product is added to a surface pre-inoculated with the bacterial strain under test. The surface is then analysed for the number of bacteria that survive after contact with the disinfectant at a specific concentration for a specific contact time.