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Express Micro Science carries out water testing, air quality testing, and surface testing, for both hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. All our testing uses internationally recognised methods such as EP, BP, USP, ISO and EN. We can also easily implement any customer supplied methods you wish to be used.

End to End Integrity
At EMS, professional testing doesn’t begin in the lab. To ensure proper handling, we provide customers with lab grade sampling materials, and if needed our trained operators can provide a full on-site sampling service. We then collect samples using our own fleet of temperature controlled vans, and deliver them to our state of the art facility for same day testing.

Scotland’s Local Lab
Our central lab is ideally located to receive samples from across mainland Scotland on the same day they were collected, and we recently expanded our testing facilities to handle growing demand for local testing. This guarantees testing takes place on the day of collection, preserving sample integrity, and providing the fastest possible results.

An Eye for the Invisible
EMS labs are equipped to uncover everything you wouldn’t want to find in your facility’s water and air supply.

Water Testing
Express Micro Science is the only independent water testing lab in Scotland offering the complete range of UKAS accredited water tests, for total peace of mind, covering all major water-borne bacteria, including:

  • Total counts at 22°C and 37°C
  • E. coli
  • Coliforms
  • Pseudomonas
  • Enterococci
  • Sulphite reducing clostridia.

Leading the way on Legionella.
In addition to the water-borne bacteria above, in 2005 Express Micro Science became the first laboratory in Scotland to be UKAS accredited for Legionella testing. As a member of the Legionella Control Association we appreciate how critical it is to control this serious risk to public health.

Not only do we have more experience in water-borne bacteria and Legionella testing than anyone else in the country, we recently rebuilt the EMS water lab. Now more advanced than ever, and with double the capacity, our lab yields more legionella testing results, in even less time.

Air Quality Testing
We carry out qualitative and quantitative sampling for bacterial and fungal counts in the air of your facility’s environment, and our air quality testing provides identification of isolates to species level.

Microbial Count Testing
Total aerobic microbial count (TAMC)
Total yeasts and moulds count (TYMC)

Specific Microorganism Testing

  • Escherichia coli (qualitative / quantitative)
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Salmonella
  • Suitability of the test method


Healthcare – Medical Devices
A new venture for Express Micro Science is the testing for hospital endoscopy and decontamination units. We are currently validating methods for weekly water testing of rinse water used in an Endoscope Washer Disinfector, as well as providing surrogate devices inoculated with a range of organisms, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans, Geobacillus stearothermophilus, Mycobacterium terrae and Escherichia coli; for performance qualification of the EWD (endoscope washer disinfector).

If you would like more information on our progress please click here.

Lambda Gateway – Intuitive, actionable science.
We developed the Lambda Gateway, a bespoke results handling and reporting software designed to deliver the data our clients need, exactly how and when they need it. As an EMS client, Lambda puts you in control. Results can be trended, compared, and presented in near endless ways. View exactly what you need, and nothing of what you don’t, making your data fully relevant, intuitive, and quickly actionable.

Find out more about how Lambda Gateway can help.

Science meets service – Training & Support
Our service doesn’t end with your test results. Should you need any post-testing support, our microbiologists are available 7 days a week to discuss your results.

We also keep up to date with all ISO and British Standards, alerting you to any new legislation that may affect your planned sampling, testing, or corrective actions.

Our team can even provide comprehensive training courses in sample collection techniques, food and water safety, and much more. See all our training courses in the Training Services section.

Take a closer look
For additional detail regarding all our tests, accreditations, and services, visit our Services page, or simply get in touch.