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Great news coming out of our Newmarket, UK office! Our Legiolert test, which tests for Legionella pneumophila, has been granted the NF Validation by AFNOR Certification, under the reference No IDX 33/06 – 06/19.
What’s the big deal, you ask? Fourteen independent labs participated in the study that demonstrated that the performance of Legiolert, a simple to run liquid culture test, was equivalent to the performance of ISO 11731:2017, which has historically been known as the gold standard for Legionella testing. The results were put under intense scrutiny by an expert committee made up of stakeholders from regulatory authorities, manufacturers and users from public, private and industrial laboratories.
And when an international regulatory body that is as highly regarded as AFNOR certifies that your product performs every bit as well as the gold standard – yeah, that’s a big deal. The AFNOR validation study results can be referenced by US laboratories that want to add the Legiolert method to their Scope of Accreditation. Plus, Legiolert will give you confirmed, quantified results in just 7 days, cutting wait times by up to 50%. Legiolert tests for all serogroups of Legionella pneumophila, the primary cause of legionellosis (commonly called Legionnaires’ disease).
For more information about the Legiolert test please visit our web site.
This validation follows the recent updates in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standard ASHRAE 188-2018. The accredited standard is for managing legionellosis risk in building water systems. The revised standard included important updates to Annex C, such as recommending that routine Legionella testing be performed by accredited laboratories. To read more about the updates, check out the article on IDEXX Currents titled, “If your lab tests for Legionella pneumophila, note these ASHRAE 188 updates.”
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of reported cases of legionellosis (Legionnaires’ disease) in the United States has grown by nearly five and a half times since 2000. With the uptick in reported cases, your lab can become a critical and proactive partner in protecting public health. The AFNOR validation for Legiolert will help labs and water management teams to continue to reduce the risk of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks.