The increasing importance of Rapid Microbiological Methods was shown by the activities of European and US authorities. The replacement of conventional methods by alternative methods is more and more accepted as a way to amend control of the product quality and further consumers safety.
The FDA's Strategic Plan of August 2011 "Advancing Regulatory Science at FDA" addresses in chapter 2 "Support of New Approaches to Improve Product Manufacturing and Quality " amongst others the implementation of Rapid Microbiological Methods. Part 3 of this chapter says:
Reduce risk of microbial contamination of products:
Please also read the complete Strategic Plan.
Axel H. Schroeder
CONCEPT HEIDELBERG (a service provider entrusted by the ECA Foundation)