Industrial Microbiology Testing Services Market Size & Share, by Test Type (Sterility Testing, Microbial Limits Testing, Bio-burden Testing, Water Testing, Air Monitoring Tests); End-User (Food & Beverages, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology, Agricultural, Environmental, Cosmetic and Personal Care); Product Type (Reaction Consumables, Equipment and Systems) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

  • Report ID: 5340
  • Published Date: Oct 25, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024-2036

Industrial Microbiology Testing Services Market size is poised to reach USD 15 Billion by the end of 2036, growing at a CAGR of 11% during the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of industrial microbiology testing services was USD 5 Billion. The reason behind the growth is impelled by the increasing cases of infectious diseases. Clinical microbiology's goal is to definitively diagnose infectious diseases when a clinical infection is suspected and enables the identification of infectious agents based on their unique DNA or RNA sequences by using a variety of testing methodologies including microbiology testing. According to estimates, there were more than 38 million HIV-positive individuals worldwide.

The growing government initiatives to maintain products quality in pharmaceutical and food industry are believed to fuel the market growth. The regulatory system mandates that products meet safety, efficacy, and quality requirements as it maintains a zero-tolerance approach against individuals who undermine the quality of the medications and food. Therefore, the administration reviews the microbiological standards and guidelines for food and makes any necessary amendments to improve food safety.

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Industrial Microbiology Testing Services Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2023)

~ USD 5 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

~ USD 15 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)a

Industrial Microbiology Testing Services Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges


Growth Drivers

  • Rising Concern for Food Safety – Microbiological testing services can assess the food to see if any potentially dangerous pathogens are present to ensure the safety of the food products, avoid food contamination, deterioration, and possible health problems, help food sector operators comply with legal obligations, and maximize operational effectiveness.
  • Growing Elderly Population- The elderly population tend to have weaker immune systems which increases the need for strict quality control in healthcare facilities.
  • Surging Popularity of Molecular Biology and Genetic Technologies- Recombinant DNA technology and conventional industrial microbiology have given rise to a brand-new branch of study known as molecular biology which is often used to detect pathogens and spoilage organisms in food and beverages, including wine and beer, and helps in studying industrial microbiology for sustainable advancement of human society.
  • Expanding Usage of Fermentation Technology- Technological advancements in fermentation and microbiology have been steady in the subject of fermentation technology, microbes and enzymes are used to create molecules that are used in several end-use industries including pharmaceutical and food & beverage.
  • Increasing Production of Generic Drugs- In terms of identification, strength, quality, purity, and potency, generic medications must also adhere to strict requirements set by the FDA therefore, the tight guidelines of good manufacturing practice (GMP) must be followed by manufacturers at every stage of production, especially the final one before release, that calls for the use of microbiology, which is essential to pharmaceutical quality control.
  • Growing Demand for Cosmetics- The microbiology testing measures the overall microbiological efficacy of cosmetic and personal care products and is used to detect the amount of yeast and mold and total aerobic microbial count (TAMC) and evaluate the antibacterial effectiveness of preservatives in non-sterile items.


  • High Cost of Sterility Procedures – This procedure is complex and requires the use of advanced equipment and highly skilled professionals which adds to the overall cost of the sterility procedure. These factors increase the expenses of industrial microbiology testing services which can limit their adoption as companies with limited financial resources may not choose these services.
  • Lack of Skilled Workforce for the Usage of New Techniques
  • Compliance Issues with Stringent Regulatory Requirement across Different Regions

Industrial Microbiology Testing Services Segmentation

Test Type (Sterility Testing, Microbial Limits Testing, Bio-burden Testing, Water Testing, Air Monitoring Tests)

The sterility testing segment in the industrial microbiology testing services market is estimated to gain a robust revenue share of 32% in the coming years owing to the increasing launch of drugs. Successful drug launches have traditionally been a growth driver for pharmaceutical businesses as drug development is being automated using AI and creating opportunities for quicker, less expensive medications. 

Sterility testing is a GMP microbiology requirement of pharmaceutical items to guarantee that there are no detectable viable contaminating microorganisms in a product, and verifies that the supplied product is suitably sterile It is necessary for both ordinary release testing and the sterilization validation process so that it can be transmitted for additional use. These tests are essential for maintaining product sterility and ensuring quality control which entails putting a certain amount of a therapeutic product through two filters that are intended to hold microorganisms after that, the filter is rinsed to make sure no medicinal product is left on it as that could stop the growth of microorganisms. 

Furthermore, the rules for sterility tests for biological products are being changed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to encourage the use of the most suitable and advanced test procedures for biological product safety assurance. For instance, in 2021, the FDA continued a decade-long trend of increasing medicine approvals by approving more than 45 new medications, and over 53 were authorized by the European Medicines Agency.

Additionally, the microbial limits testing segment is poised to gain a notable share during the forecast timeframe. The microbial limit test (MLT) is used to determine the quantity and type of specific live microorganisms present in non-sterile industrial samples from pharmaceutical goods to evaluate whether or not a product contains particular undesirable organisms and to determine whether a pharmaceutical product conforms with a set standard for microbiological quality.

End-User (Food & Beverages, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology, Agricultural, Environmental, Cosmetic and Personal Care)

The pharmaceutical & biotechnology segment is expected to account for 30% share of the global industrial microbiology testing services market by 2036. The second most popular test used by industrial microbiology to assess raw materials is microbial testing which is increasingly used by the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as they have specific needs, which are addressed by microbial solutions.

Besides this, the food & beverages segment is anticipated to gain significant share by the year 2036. The food sample's food additives, pollutants, and toxins are examples of food safety parameters to assure food quality and safety which are tested by microbial solutions.

Our in-depth analysis of the global industrial microbiology testing services market includes the following segments:

          Test Type

  • Sterility Testing
  • Microbial Limits Testing
  •  Bio-burden Testing
  • Water Testing
  • Air Monitoring Tests


  • Food & Beverages
  •  Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology
  • Agricultural
  •  Environmental
  • Cosmetic and Personal Care

          Product Type

  • Reaction Consumables
  •  Equipment and Systems

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Industrial Microbiology Testing Services Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

Industrial microbiology testing services market in North America is predicted to account for the largest share of 45% by 2036 impelled by the rising investment in the development of vaccines. This is expected to create a huge demand for industrial microbiology testing services in the region as it can be used to determine the quantity of microorganisms in a vaccination which often takes time since rigorous testing is necessary to make sure there are no unforeseen repercussions from them before distributing vaccines to the general public. For instance, for the development, manufacture, and acquisition of mRNA covid-19 vaccines, the US government spent more than USD 30 billion, before the pandemic until March 2022.

APAC Market Statistics

The APAC industrial microbiology testing services market is estimated to be the second largest, during the forecast timeframe led by the rising spending in healthcare. This has resulted in increasing spending research & development of reliable and efficient testing services to meet the rising need for quality control measures in the region. India spent over 1% of its GDP on healthcare in the year 2021.

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Companies Dominating the Industrial Microbiology Testing Services Landscape

    • Charles River Laboratories
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Spectro Analytical Labs Pvt. Ltd.
    • Pace® Analytical Services
    • Biotech Testing Services
    • Merck KGaA
    • TÜV SÜD
    • Precise Analytics Lab
    • Eurofins Scientific
    • Biocare Research (India) Pvt. Ltd.
    • STERIS
    • Intertek Group Plc


In The News

  • Charles River Laboratories introduced Accugenix for bacterial identification and fungal identification, which gives important knowledge about microbial management to pharmaceutical and personal care producers and enables customers to take full control of environmental monitoring while reducing the danger of contamination.
  • Pace® Analytical Services acquired Alpha Analytical to introduce additional capabilities that include increased sediment and tissue testing, and sophisticated hydrocarbon analytical support, to examine tissue, soil, and water samples contaminated by hydrocarbons and allow clients to analyze the findings and gather data to support the cause or extent of the release of hydrocarbons into the environment.

Author Credits:  Radhika Gupta, Shivam Bhutani

  • Report ID: 5340
  • Published Date: Oct 25, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Increasing cases of infectious diseases and the growing government initiatives to maintain products quality in pharmaceutical and food industry are the major factors driving the growth of the market.

The market size of industrial microbiology testing services is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 11% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036.

The major players in the market are Spectro Analytical Labs Pvt. Ltd., Pace® Analytical Services, Biotech Testing Services, Merck KGaA, TÜV SÜD, Precise Analytics Lab, Eurofins Scientific, Biocare Research (India) Pvt. Ltd., STERIS, Intertek Group Plc.

The sterility testing segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the North American region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2036 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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