Antimicrobial Time-Kill Test

Suspension Time-Kill test (based on ASTM E2315)

A suspension Time-Kill is a laboratory test that measures the antimicrobial performance of a liquid sample over a short period of time. The kill test quantifies the reduction in the numbers of a known inoculum of microorganisms over specified contact times. This method determines the effective kill rate of a finished product, usually expressed as a % (for example, “kills 99.9% of bacteria in 30 seconds”).

Time-Kill Testing

  • Suitability of Test

    The Standard Time-Kill test can be performed on any liquid finished product, for example, hand sanitisers, disinfectant cleaning products, anti-bacterial liquid soaps, mouthwash, and many more.

    The contact time chosen for the STK should be appropriate for the type of finished product under test. For example, a hand sanitiser may be tested with a contact time of 30 seconds, whereas a hard surface cleaner can be tested over a longer period of time, depending on its instructions for use.

    Our standard kill test times are as follows:

    • 30 seconds
    • 1 minute
    • 2 minutes
    • 3 minutes
    • 5 minutes

    If you have a preferred time frame, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can arrange this for you.

  • Kill-Test Details

    The testing will require a 250 g sample of your liquid product.

    The sample is inoculated with a mixed culture of the standard 4 bacteria cultures.

    At set intervals (for example, 30 s, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min, 5 min) 1g of the inoculated sample is removed and placed into a biostatic diluent to deactivate the biocides present in the sample.

    The diluent is then placed onto the appropriate growth medium and incubated (TSA - Tryptone Soy Agar incubated at 35 °C for 48 hours for bacteria, SDA - Sabouraud Dextrose Agar incubated at 25 °C for 5-7 days for fungi), so that the number of surviving microbes can be counted using the plate count method.