"The future belongs to real-time methods for determining microorganism counts"

Dr Christian Raiss, director at the Hygiene-Institut AYSID, will discuss methods for determining microorganism counts at the Cleanzone Conference 2018. In this interview, he shares insights on the topic

 As the director of Testing Laboratory and Hospital Hygiene, it is my responsibility to ensure that measurements and analyses of samples are performed in accordance with applicable standards and QM guidelines," says Dr Christian Raiss

Cleanzone Conference 2018 has released a short interview with Dr Christian Raiss, director at the Hygiene-Institut AYSID, who is one of the speakers. The event takes place at the Messe Frankfurt on 23-24 October.

Dr Raiss, you are the director of Testing Laboratory and Hospital Hygiene at the Hygiene-Institut AYSID. What types of tests and requests do you deal with in your everyday work?

“For one thing, our institute plays an active role in measuring and monitoring hygiene on site in both cleanrooms and hospitals. Our institute is also affiliated with a microbiological testing laboratory accredited by DAkkS, Germany’s national accreditation body. As the director of Testing Laboratory and Hospital Hygiene, it is my responsibility to ensure that measurements and analyses of samples are performed in accordance with applicable standards and QM guidelines. I also provide expert consultation for planning and implementing construction projects in compliance with hygiene requirements.”

What topics will you be addressing at the Cleanzone Conference?

“I am always fascinated by the ways in which microorganisms manage to find entry into even the cleanest areas – and actually survive there. Even NASA must find and combat extremely resilient, hygiene-resistant bacteria in their cleanrooms. Finding, identifying and eliminating these microorganisms, be they bacteria or mould, is an exciting job and one that always confronts me with new challenges. Among other things, I will be taking advantage of Cleanzone to provide some tips on how companies can keep their cleanrooms sterile and combat contamination through the application of custom hygiene management.”

What is it that fascinates you about cleanroom and hygiene technology? What innovations in the field of determining micro-organism counts and cleanroom technology do you expect to see within the next few years?

“I always work to ensure that I am up-to-date on the very latest technologies and processes, and I am certain that real-time methods will be playing a major role in future. I am fascinated by biomicrochips – some of these are even suitable for onsite use in real-time, providing readings directly without any need to send samples into the lab. Thanks to the fact that I have worked on these chips myself, however, I also know that it will still be some time before these innovative tools can be manufactured for a reasonable price. I will be delving into these and other themes, such as new methods for determining microorganism counts, in greater detail my presentation.”

This interview first appeared in Cleanzone.

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