Eurofins has been providing microbiology testing for mold and other indoor air quality (IAQ) parameters since 2001. Eurofins is AIHA-LAP, LLC accredited for environmental microbiology for the direct examination of fungi for air and bulk. Our laboratory staff includes experienced microbiologists and a CIH Lab Director available to answer questions and interpret laboratory results. Sampling supplies are available at a nominal cost.
Non-viable analysis by direct microscopy is the most widely used method to identify mold spores because it is convenient and cost effective. The disadvantage of non-viable testing is that mold spores can be more difficult to identify to the genus level.
|Surface||Tape List, Bulk, Swab||Direct Microscopy|
|Airborne||Sporetrap (Air-O-Cell, Allergenco-D, etc.)||Direct Microscopy|
Viable analysis using standard mycology practices provides a more accurate identification of mold spores because the cultured samples are more easily identifiable to the genus level. The disadvantage of viable testing is that it takes 7 to 14 days to culture samples and often not all the mold spore types proliferate.
|Bulk||Bulk, Dust||Standard Mycology|
|Airborne||Andersen Sampler, Impactor||Standard Mycology|
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
IAQ analysis can be performed for dust characterization, allergens, and a number of other IAQ contaminants. Microscopy techniques vary depending on the sample type.
|Allergens||Mite and Animal||Advanced Biotechnology|
|Bacteria||Sewer and Various||Standard Bacteriology|