Welcome to the Pharmaceutical Microbiology Forum (PMF)

The Pharmaceutical Microbiology Forum (PMF) is a not-for-profit scientific and educational organization founded in 1992 to provide a forum for microbiologists involved in the pharmaceutical, medical device, personal product, biotechnology, cosmetic, and related microbiology laboratory areas to exchange information on microbiological issues. The PMF also provides an opportunity to interact with regulatory agencies internationally. Sponsors are critical for the continued existence of the PMF. Please click HERE for a downloadable pdf file containing all you need to know to become a valued sponsor of the PMF, and thank you in advance!

Interactive Forum

The previous PMFList, devoted to topics of interest to microbiologists working in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and medical device industries, was formerly distributed over email via the Internet. While useful, this approach became prone to interruptions, sometimes spanning weeks, and required moderation prior to the appearance of questions and answers. Having become more cumbersome than desired, the email-based approach has been replaced with a more modern and responsive online forum (click the "Forum" navigation button). The online forum is available for anyone to read, but submitting questions/answers/comments will require that you register to the Forum. If you have any questions about the Forum, please send them to [email protected]. Thank you!


June 5. 2024 The fourth WordSearch puzzle has been added to the Bite-Sized Training section in the table provided under the Training tab. This puzzle contains the names of some microbiological culture media ingredients.

There is also a new book review by Dr. Tony Cundell of "Industrial Pharmaceutical Microbiology - Quality Control" in the table under the Reviews tab.

Sponsor News

"Bulletins", or items of current interest related to PMF sponsors can be placed here. Example of such items (fictitious) for several fictitious sponsors are presented below:

Acme Culture Products: Clostridium difficile is difficult to culture in part due to its extreme sensitivity to oxygen. Cd Magic Medium has been developed by Acme Culture Products to obviate the need for an anaerobic chamber by virtue of its formation of an oxygen-impermeable shell after plate pouring.
Acme Consultants: There are numerous types of environmental monitoring, and an array of uses for such monitoring. One means of controlling microbiological quality of products is by maintaining control of the environment such products are produced and handled in. Acme Consultants has recently developed an online course designed to teach the basics of environmental monitoring that should be of use to any personnel involved in pharmaceutical, medical device, personal product, biotechnology, cosmetic, and related microbiology laboratory areas.
Acme Contract Laboratories: Compendial tests are required for many products. Understanding what situations, and when the testing should be done, is not as simple as matter as may seem to be the case. Acme Contract Laboratories has created a pamphlet describing the compendial tests typically required for a range of products that also discusses the rationale behind the requirements.

Note that for each instance, some form of educational information is provided. As a nonprofit organization, the PMF needs to be certain that the information supplied by sponsors has an educational purpose and is not merely an advertisement. Items proposed for inclusion in the Sponsor News section, or in the sponsor's dedicated web page at the PMF website (click an icon in the first column of the table at the Sponsors page), should be sent to [email protected] for review.

Sponsor's Corner

The sponsors of the PMF are absolutely essential to the existence of the PMF. Each sponsor is listed below in order of the sponsorship level (ranges from $5000.00/year to $100.00/year), and then alphabetically. Please click on the sponsor logo to be taken to a page specific to that sponsor.

 PMF is a not-for-profit scientific and educational organization.