About the IBRG

The International Biodeterioration Research Group (IBRG) was originally founded under the auspices of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris in 1968. Its membership is made up predominantly of microbiologists from industrial users of biocides, biocide manufacturers, testing laboratories from both the private and government sector and academic institutions.

IBRG usually holds two meetings each year and its main objectives are in the field of test method development and work to investigate the basic principles of biodeterioration.This is achieved through discussions at the meetings as well as by performing and reporting individual laboratory investigations and, most importantly, by organising and performing statistically designed, international ring-tests.

The activities of IBRG are coordinated through a number of working groups specialising in Paints (including tinting pastes and colorants), Polymer Dispersions, Functional Fluids (such as metal working lubricoolants, textile spin finishes and lithographic fountain solutions), Plastics and Textiles. Many of the activities are focused on developing methods to help determine the performance of preservatives for systems both in the wet-state (eg paints and metal working lubricoolants) and as finished products (eg algal growth on facade coatings). However, the activities of the Plastics and Textiles Groups are currently directed at measuring the performance of treated articles / materials with external effects. Producing methodologies that can explore and support hygiene and performance-related claims.

A number of the methods produced by IBRG have either been published as national and international standards or are available for sale within the activities section of this site.

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