This document specifies requirements and provides guidance on the enumeration and microbial
characterization of the population of viable microorganisms on or in a health care product, component,
raw material or package.
NOTE 1 The nature and extent of microbial characterization is dependent on the intended use of bioburden data.
NOTE 2 See Annex A for guidance on Clauses 1 to 9.
This document does not apply to the enumeration or identification of viral, prion or protozoan
contaminants. This includes the removal and detection of the causative agents of spongiform
encephalopathies, such as scrapie, bovine spongiform encephalopathy and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
NOTE 3 Guidance on inactivating viruses and prions can be found in ISO 22442-3, ICH Q5A(R1) and ISO 13022.
This document does not apply to the microbiological monitoring of the environment in which health
care products are manufactured.