FAQ

General

What is a diagnostic kit?

It is a product dedicated to the detection of a specific pathogen. Nanoplasmas diagnostic kits are molecular-based, made using cutting-edge technologies and they provide precise results in a short time.

To whom are the Nanoplasmas diagnostic products addressed?

Our products are designed for water and food quality laboratories or health laboratories if it is the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic kit.

At the same time, the new revised Drinking Water Directive which is already in force from January 2021 (https://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/water-drink/legislation_en.html), invites all private entities and companies to increase controls and perform risk analysis at their facilities, Nanoplasmas products are perhaps the most appropriate tools in implementing this new Directive. Consequently, authorities and companies such as Water supply companies, DEYA, Shipowners, Municipalities, Hospitals, Children’s Places, Schools, Shopping Centers, Food Industries, Nursing facilities, etc. are directly interested in our products and they can use them either in their laboratory (if available) or they can contact us to inform them about the collaborating analysis laboratories offering services using our kits.

How can I get the products?

Contact us and a person from our company will contact you.

What equipment is required to use the Nanoplasmas detection kits?

You will only need a heating plate operating at 66ο C and a pipette, since all the other consumables are included in the kit.

Why is the method so rapid?

Because the detection method is an innovative molecular amplification method of the genetic target material that requires a few minutes to be completed.

How reliable is the method and the kits?

The Legionella kit has a dual specificity regarding this bacterium, making it one of the most trustworthy on the market. Its sensitivity exceeds 98% as has been shown in experiments comparing with the classical method of bacterial culture. In addition, the new EU Directive on water intended for human consumption defines as appropriate additional analysis methods such as: ISO / TS 12869, rapid methods, supplementing cultivation methods. culture, non-culture methods, and molecular methods, in particular qPCR, for the monitoring and the risk assessment of facilities. Therefore, our kits which are based on a molecular amplification method of the genetic material of legionella are recommended for such use.

The SARS diagnostic kit is designed to specifically detect its genetic material, even in the presence of another virus in the sample. Its sensitivity exceeds 98.5% for samples with CT values up to 38.5 using the RT-PCR molecular analysis method proposed by the World Health Organization.

Is the method quantitative?

Our products respond to the presence of the pathogen through a visual color change, therefore the results are in the YES/NO form. At the same time, the results can be quantified by the corresponding analysis software that is being developed or by using the Color Code that you can find on our website (Currently available for the Legionella detection kit).

What is the innovation and why does it differ from the corresponding products of the competition?

Nanoplasmas products are based on the threefold, accuracy of results, rapid analysis time, and affordable price. The combination of these three features makes Nanoplasmas products unique.

What is the quality policy of Nanoplasmas?

At Nanoplasmas we envision accessible and accurate diagnostics for environmental safety and health. To this point, Nanoplasmas develops, manufactures and distributes high-tech diagnostics that meet national and international standards and regulations. We are committed to constantly monitoring and improving our Quality. Nanoplasmas products are manufactured by Medicon S.A. following all regulatory requirements. Nanoplasmas is currently developing a quality management system according to ΕΝ ISO13485:2016 and ISO 9001:2015, which will be implemented after certification by an independent certification body. The in vitro diagnostics products of Nanoplasmas comply with EU Directive IVDD 98/79. Our customer support department constantly monitors the performance of its products and customer satisfaction and implements any improvements needed to prevent non-compliance and ensure customer satisfaction.

Nanoplasmas Legionella detection kit

What can cause exposure to Legionella bacterium?

Legionella pneumophila or Legionnaire’s Disease, as it is more frequently known, is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection. It is a bacterium readily found in natural water sources. See more https://www.nanoplasmas.com/legionella-info/

Does the Nanoplasmas Legionella detection kit detect all species of Legionella?

Nanoplasmas diagnostic kits for Legionella accurately detect Legionella pneumophila. Legionella pneumophila is responsible for 97% of Legionnaires’ disease and is by far the most widespread, infectious and deadly type of Legionella bacterium. Therefore, it is the most important target and requires rapid detection to reduce the spreading risk to an installation, facility or water supply network.

Using Nanoplasmas Legionella detection kit, a quick risk assessment can be made in both small or large facilities, water supply networks, water storage tanks and ships, reducing in this way the risk of outbreaks. This can be done, since our kit provides accurate results in less than 2 hours with the use of nanotechnology and molecular biology instead of the 10 days required by the cultivation method.

Can the Nanoplasmas Legionella detection kit replace the classic method?

Almost all regulatory frameworks in the world recommend the use of the laboratory bacteria culture method. This is mainly due to the fact that the bacteria culture method has been around for a long time it is well understood and a lot of people is familiar with it.

However, the latest version of the ISO water quality standard (11731: 2017) states that up to 35 out of 100 samples tested even in an ISO accredited laboratory could give a false negative result. In non-accredited laboratories this number is likely to be much higher.

Additionally, the results of the bacteria culture methods are results with a delay of two weeks and people are at risk of becoming infected as they will be exposed to the bacterium for two weeks without knowing it. A result from a sample obtained two weeks ago is a view of the past that has little, if no significance, for the present. Moreover, a negative result provides a false sense of security as legionella populations can double in 24 hours or less. The Nanoplasmas Legionella detection kit provide results in few hours after sampling i.e., in real time and so timely measures can be taken!

In addition, the new EU Directive on water intended for human consumption defines as appropriate additional analysis methods such as: ISO / TS 12869, rapid methods, supplementing cultivation methods. culture, non-culture methods, and molecular methods, in particular qPCR, for the monitoring and the risk assessment of facilities. Therefore, our kits which are based on a molecular amplification method of the genetic material of legionella are recommended for such use.

Our customers can therefore use the Nanoplasmas Legionella detection kit in addition to the periodic laboratory culture tests and as part of an overall risk assessment to minimize the risks of exposure to Legionella. At the same time, our kit can replace the laboratory culture tests through the application of ISO 16140 part 4 for the equivalence of our method based on a principle of operation other than culture, in the cooperating accredited laboratories.

When the use of Nanoplasmas Legionella detection kit is needed?

  • Regular monitoring of water supply systems, water tanks, cooling towers, critical infrastructures in general
  • Checking after observation of cases
  • Companies using water in their production activities
  • Identify the source of an outbreak in case the network is large
  • In any environment without easy access to a laboratory

What should I do if a legionella is found in my network or in my space?

If Legionella is detected in your water system, workforce, customers and the general public are at risk for Legionnaires’ disease. This can have very serious consequences for you and your business too. It is recommended that you contact the water management specialist you work with and clean the water system immediately.

How do I carry out a Legionella risk assessment?

The purpose of carrying out a risk assessment is to identify and assess any risks in your water system. The responsible person should understand your water systems and any associated equipment, in order to conclude whether the system is likely to create a risk from exposure to legionella, and should be able to identify whether:

  • water is stored or re-circulated as part of your system
  • the water temperature in some or all parts of the system is between 20–45 °C
  • there are sources of nutrients such as rust, sludge, scale and organic matters
  • conditions are present to encourage bacteria to multiply
  • it is possible for water droplets to be produced and, if so, whether they could be dispersed over a wide area, eg showers and aerosols from cooling towers
  • it is likely that any of your employees, residents, visitors etc are more susceptible to infection due to age, illness, a weakened immune system etc and whether they could be exposed to any contaminated water droplets

Your risk assessment should include:

  • management responsibilities, including the name of competent person and a description of your system;
  • potential sources of risk;
  • any controls in place to control risks;
  • monitoring, inspection and maintenance procedures;
  • records of the monitoring results, inspections and checks carried out;
  • arrangements to review the risk assessment regularly

If you decide that the risks are insignificant, your assessment is complete. You may not need take any further action at this stage but you should review the assessment regularly in case anything changes in your system.

If I am not storing hot or cold water in my system, do I need to carry out a risk assessment?

Yes. There may be other factors within your system that increase the risks of legionellosis, eg deadlegs, showerheads and/or long runs of pipe work containing warm water. A risk assessment should also consider anyone who could be potentially exposed to any legionella bacteria in your system, and particularly groups that are at a higher risk of contracting legionellosis. However, once you have completed your risk assessment you may decide that the risks are insignificant. If you do, you need take no further action other than to review the assessment regularly in case anything changes in your system.

Do all hot and cold water systems need an assessment, even lower risk systems?

All systems require a risk assessment, however not all systems will require elaborate control measures. A simple risk assessment may show that the risks are low and being properly managed to comply with the law. In such cases, you may not need to take further action, but it is important to review your assessment regularly in case of any changes in your system, and specifically if there is reason to suspect it is no longer valid.

Nanoplasmas SARS-CoV-2 molecular detection kit for surfaces and air conditioning units

Where and when can the Nanoplasmas SARS-CoV-2 Molecular Detection Kit be used?

SARS-CoV-2 causes severe respiratory infection. Areas detected by SARS-CoV-2 are Industries (reception, office, kitchen, canteen, locker rooms, WC, etc.), Company Offices, Hotels (reception, luggage storage, rooms, WC, restaurant-cafe, shops, etc.), Hospitals, Diagnostic Centers, Microbiological Laboratories, Retail Stores, Shopping Centers etc. If SARS-CoV-2 is suspected in your area, then your staff, customers and the general public are at risk of contracting the virus. The Nanoplasmas SARSCoV-2 Molecular Diagnostic Kit is a portable diagnostic kit that can accurately detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus on surfaces as well as in air conditioning systems in 30-60 minutes, reducing the chances of exposure to the virus indoors. The nanoplasmas kit can be used in both laboratory and non-laboratory conditions. This ensures the health of those who use and visit your space.

What should I do if SARS-CoV-2 is detected in my area

If SARS-CoV-2 is detected in your area, your staff, customers and the general public are at risk of contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This can have very serious consequences for you and your business. It is recommended that you contact the facility management specialist you work with and get in touch with a disinfection company to disinfect your space.