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Welcome to the Microbiology Network

The Microbiology Network is a consortium of expert GMP consultants providing consultation, microbiology quality assurance training, and expert witness services to CGMP pharmaceutical, medical device, compounding pharmacy and over-the-counter companies around the globe. This consortium also blogs regularly on issues of importance to QC Microbiology.  Founded by Scott Sutton, Ph.D. in 1996, Microbiology Network, Inc. specializes in services to the regulated industries especially those of Quality Control, CGMP, and product development/research & development.

The Microbiology Network focuses on finding practical, workable solutions to your concerns that will fit within the existing corporate culture.   Our priority is being useful, not being experts.

A Network of National Experts

The Microbiology Network provides a network of expert Quality consultants – all subject matter experts – for consulting, training and expert witness services to industry. Our focus is GMP and contamination control for Quality Assurance and Quality Control applications. In addition, we have extensive experience in CMC regulatory submissions and product development activities. Our resource consultants are successful, proven and experienced consultants with national reputations. Their focus is on addressing your problems while working within your system and corporate culture to design practical systems in collaboration with your staff, enabling them able to meet future issues. The consultant you work with will be an experienced and respected leader in GMP operations.

Practical, Proven Solutions

Microbiology Network is led by Dr. Scott Sutton who has 25+ years of GMP industrial experience and 30+ years of professional microbiology experience. All consultants have decades of experience in regulatory, QC or laboratory leadership roles. We apply proven, practical solutions to training and consulting engagements. Solutions are based on a balance of good science, client needs, current international industry standards and an absolute clarity of purpose on the identity of the company as a profit-driven enterprise. The proof of the value of the work can be found in the results and recommendations delivered to both new and repeat clients.

Service to the Industry

The Microbiology Network also supports the leading Email discussion lists for the industry: the PMFList (microbiology) and the PSDGList (pharmaceutical stability topics). In addition, a bibliography of articles of interest to the GMP microbiologist is maintained.

Consulting Services

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The Microbiology Network offers specific webinar-based instruction available for your facility. Contact us for a discussion of how we can bring training into your facility via an economical webinar format.

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Training Services 

All training courses focus on a practical application of regulatory guidance in a fiscally responsible and scientifically defensible manner.

  • In-house, on-site training courses
  • Webinars
  • Manufacturing
  • Microbiology (RMM, GMP)

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Microbiology Lists 

The Microbiology Network is committed to information exchange and demonstrates this commitment by supporting three free email lists:

  • PMFList, a 4,000+ forum for microbiology-related ideas and experiences.
  • PSDGList, 1,600+ member forum focusing on pharmaceutical stability topics.


What our clients say...
I have known Karen over 15 years on a professional basis. She was the driving force behind the creation of the LAL User's Group and its growth into an extraordinary resource for the pharmaceutical industry. It passed out of her control to its misfortune. Karen remains the preeminent independent authority...

Scott S

Microbiology Lists
MicroNet Blog

Check back frequently for new additions to the MicroNet Blog service.

Recent entries:

  1. The Challenges of Crossing Regulatory Borders - Gemma Verma
  2. Endotoxin Concentration, Endotoxin Potency and Bacterial Number - Dr. M Dawson
  3. BET Assay Interferences and Their Impact on Endotoxin Recovery
  4. Custom Microbiology Dictionaries
  5. Draft Revision to Antimicrobial Effectiveness Test Released by USP
  6. The Compendial Sterility Tests
  7. Alphabet Soup: Abbreviations and Acronyms of Interest
  8. The Compendial Draft Chapter on "Bioburden Control of Nonsterile Drug Substances and Products"
  9. A New Draft Guidance on FDA Expectations for Cosmetic GMP
  10. QC Microbiology and Social Media - A Microbiology Network Survey
  11. FDA Shuts down almost 1,700 Online Pharmacies
  12. Current Regulatory Enforcement Trends in Dietary Supplements



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