Two phases to accuracy determination are suggested.
First, type culture collections (ATCC or NCTC) for all those organisms routinely proposed for fertility testing by the major pharmacopoeias, should be determined using the existing method and the proposed rapid identification method. Normally this would embrace Staphylococcus aureus (NCTC 10788); Bacillus subtilis (NCIMB 8054) Pseudomonas aeruginosa (NCIMB 8626); Clostridium sporogenes (ATCC 19404); Candida albicans (ATCC 10231) and Aspergillus niger (ATCC 16404).
Second, recent isolates from the relevant environment applicable to the user should also be identified using both methods. Clearly the acceptance criteria is a consistent identification of the compendial-type cultures.
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