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2015|16 Annual Report Fraunhofer IGB

12 SERVICES AND INFRASTRUCTURE Infrastructure and laboratory equipment Fraunhofer IGB has modern laboratories up to BSL2 (biological safety level 2) equipped with the latest technologies. A new pilot plant building is scheduled for completion and commis- sioning in summer of 2016. Our central storage facilities for chemicals and hazardous substances are shared with the other institutes on the Stuttgart Fraunhofer campus. Quality management and assurance systems At Fraunhofer IGB, we ensure by established and standard- ized processes and procedures that the quality of our services and products meet the respective requirements. A quality management system guarantees that our accredited tests comply with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025. A quality assurance sys- tem makes sure that legal guidelines of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) for the respective products or test categories are met. Accredited testing The accreditation of reference laboratories and test pro- cedures of our analytics guarantees that our proprietary, in-house test methods and procedures are validated and that the quality of our tests is assured even where no standardized methods are available. The following analytical methods and test procedures are ac- credited according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025: High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) Ion chromatography (IC) Gel permeation chromatography (GPC) Gas chromatography (GC, GC/MS) Atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) Electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA/XPS) In vitro cytotoxicity testing of medical devices In vitro phototoxicity testing of solutions and substances Accredited biocompatibility and phototoxicity testing We perform tests for in vitro cytotoxicity of medical devices according to DIN EN ISO 10993-5 using cell lines. Additionally, in vitro phototoxicity testing was included in our accreditation system in 2014. With our in-house methods we can investi- gate solutions and substances with respect to their phototoxic potential. The test method is in accordance with the OECD Guideline 432 and the INVITTOX Protocol no 121. The inves- tigation of the potential photoactive substances is performed on our in-house designed three-dimensional skin model. Our contract R&D services range from basic research in natural sciences and engineering to the develop- ment of new applications in laboratory, technical, and pilot plant scale; including the design, construction, and testing of pilot plants. We also offer patent and market surveys, feasibility studies and comprehensive consultancy in our areas of expertise as well as analysis and testing. We provide seminars and workshops for executives and introduce young students to the fascinating world of science and technology. PROFILE