Hygiene

taking responsibility!

Accreditation List

COVID-19 (2019-nCoV)

Testing of masks and protective clothing

The optimum quality and protective effect of medical face masks and filtering facepieces are tested by us using precisely defined requirements and the most advanced testing methods.


Testing

EN ISO/IEC 17025

As a test body in accordance with EN ISO 17025, we test specific characteristics of a product according to the highest international standards and develop new customized test methods as needed. 

Inspection

EN ISO/IEC 17020

As an inspection body in accordance with EN ISO 17020, we determine the compliance of products or processes and identify potentials for optimization or quality improvement.


HygCen

Austria

Our corporate principles are impartiality, independence, integrity, and absolute confidentiality. All analyses, tests, and inspections are carried out with the highest level of expertise and quality.

Company

Hygiene – taking responsibility!

The accredited testing laboratory in accordance with EN ISO 17025 and inspection body in accordance with EN ISO 17020 of HygCen Austria GmbH is committed to the quality assurance of medical devices with the objective of the benefit to patients.

This objective is ensured through medical responsibility and obligation. Therefore, the basis for the use of medical devices is to ensure "primum non nocere" for the benefit of the patient and the medical staff.
 

HygCen Austria GmbH is internationally recognized and the tests are done according to national, European (EN), and international (ISO) standards. These are constantly being updated due to ongoing technical developments and current issues of industry, hospitals, and users.

As a result of this expertise and structure, we are able to give targeted and rapid reactions to questions and offer solutions.
 

The corporate principles of HygCen Austria GmbH are impartiality, independence, integrity and absolute confidentiality. These emphases are also reflected in our credo.

It is our obligation to carry out all tasks, analyses, tests and inspections with the highest level of expertise and quality (methodology, precision, prompt and reliable order processing).


Career

We are looking for you!

We are always looking for new committed employees to join our young team. We look forward to receiving your informative speculative applications.


FAQs

Everything at a glance

General

If you have any questions regarding our current scope of accreditation, please use the following link: www.hygcen.at/akkreditierung

Please send us your request including contact information in writing to test@hygcen.at. You will then receive our non-binding quote for the desired tests. 
After contracting the tests, you will send us your product including the order to our address in Bischofshofen, Austria.

Disinfectants

We require at least the following information in order to be able to create a corresponding quote:

  • What type of disinfectant is it? 
    Hand disinfectant (hygienic or surgical), hand wash, surface disinfectant (with or without mechanical action), instrument disinfectant, etc.
     
  • For what areas of application is your disinfectant intended? Human medicine sector, food industry, industry, household and public facilities, or veterinary medicine sector.
     
  • If it is intended for the human medicine sector: Is your product supposed to be listed by the ÖGHMP (Austrian Society for Hygiene and Microbiology and Preventative Medicine) or the VAH (Association for Applied Hygiene)
    Which ranges of efficacy are to be tested?
    Bactericidal, yeasticidal, fungicidal, sporicidal, mycobactericidal, tuberculocidal, and/or virucidal efficacy.

It depends on the type and scope of the test. The processing time starting from the placement of the order, receipt of the test product, receipt of all documents and payment (in the case of prepayment) to the time when you receive the test report will be stated in the quote.

The required quantity depends on the contracted scope of testing. Therefore this question cannot be answered until the order has been placed.

HygCen Austria does not offer any certifications. We can test your product and have an expert opinion issued for these tests.

We are only permitted to work with Rick Group 2 microorganisms in our laboratory. The SARS-CoV-2 virus belongs to a higher Risk Group. 
Disinfectants are effective against SARS-CoV-2 if they have been proven to have limited virucidal efficacy.
For surfaces or textiles with antiviral properties we offer a test using bovine coronavirus (BCV) as an alternative.

Reprocessability of medical devices

In order to be able to sell the medical device in the EU you will require an inspection in accordance with EN ISO 17664.
In order to be able to sell the medical device in the USA you will require an inspection in accordance with the guidance document "Reprocessing Medical Devices in Health Care Settings: Validation Methods and Labeling – Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff".

There are various options for the test soil. The test soil will be coordinated to the application for which your medical device is being used. 
The most common test soils are those in accordance with ISO / TS 15883-5, EN ISO 17664, or the guidance document "Reprocessing Medical Devices in Health Care Settings: Validation Methods and Labeling – Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff".

In order to carry out the reprocessing of your medical device we require a detailed reprocessing guide from you with detailed instructions on how the cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of your product are to be carried out. For machine reprocessing we require specification of the desired routine (chemical/thermal/chemo-thermal disinfection). 
We also require specification of the cleaning agents and disinfectants that are to be used for it. If possible, please also provide the desired cleaning agents and disinfectants to us.

Testing of dosing equipment

According to the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute, the disinfectant dosing device must be tested according to the Robert Koch Institute's "requirements for the design, properties, and operation of decentralized disinfectant dosing devices". 
The dosing accuracy will be checked during this. The testing of the dosing accuracy over a period of one year is also required.

Inspections

In order to progress with the validation as quickly as possible, we often use 2 or three washer-disinfectors at the same time. However, we always attempt to structure the tests so that operations can continue with as little disruption as possible. We only ever use sterilizers one at a time.

No. However, we request a contact person who can be reached (this can also include by telephone) for technical questions.

All documents on the IQ and OQ (if they exist) as well as operating manuals, test certificates, and similar documents should be available.

In the worst case scenario the load must be used in a comparable form each year, but it does not have to involve the same instruments. In the rest of the customer consulting it is beneficial to use different instruments/materials over the years in order to cover the widest possible spectrum.

Depending on the order it can take several weeks until all of the reports on the validation are complete. However, we can send out a confirmation of validation on short notice.

If all samples are analyzed by our testing laboratory then the validation will be evaluated as a whole. This occurs at the time of the inspection date.

Biocompatibility

According to EN ISO 10993-1:2009, Annex A, Table A.1, cytotoxicity tests come into consideration for all categories of medical devices that have contact with the body for an evaluation of their biological safety on the basis of a risk analysis.
Cytotoxicity tests employing cell culture techniques shall be used to determine the lysis of cells (cell death), the inhibition of cell growth, colony formation, and other effects on cells caused by medical devices, materials, or their extracts.

An extract is first prepared from the test material in accordance with EN ISO 10993-12. In doing so, it is to be taken into account that the extraction conditions are standardized so that there is comparable preparation of the extracts. A culture medium with serum serves as the extraction medium.

If the relative cell viability for the highest concentration of the extract prepared from the test material (100% extract) is ≥ 70% of the blank sample then the material shall be regarded as non-cytotoxic. A reduction of the viability of cells by more than 30% shall be deemed cytotoxic efficacy.