What is ATP Testing?

What is ATP Testing?

Adenosine Triphosphate Hygiene Monitoring Systems (ATP Swab Testing)

As a requirement of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance DH 2015 Criterion 2 a levy is placed on all health and social care providers to provide adequate facilities, including the environment and equipment; which are clean and fit for purpose. Cleanliness of the environment and equipment is an essential part of infection prevention and control and plays a vital role in the prevention of spread of infection.


Each facility should have a strategy in place to assist and maintain very high levels of cleaning standards.  Monitoring these accepted standards of cleanliness can be achieved through regular and consistent auditing.  Technical auditing such as: ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) hygiene monitoring systems can measure the levels of bioburden in the environment are an ideal way to evidence the levels of cleanliness currently being achieved. The ATP hygiene monitoring systems provides an accurate, repeatable and reliable audit process.


The ATP hygiene monitoring systems used by Infection Prevention Solutions for the auditing of cleanliness is named ‘SystemSURE Plus’

While many other methods exist for evaluating cleanliness, ATP bioluminescence is the only method that combines quantitative data collection with scientific measurement and still delivers speedy results.  At Infection Prevention Solutions we use a system called SystemSURE.

Monitoring cleaning standards

What is SystemSURE Plus?

  • It uses a process which monitors levels of  ATP Bioluminescence  (ATP = Adenosine Triphosphate which is the universal energy carrier in all living things)
  • It simply measures levels of contamination on surfaces (both environmental and equipment) to give a basic indicator of cleanliness
  • It’s a simple rapid test giving a result in 15 seconds that can be used by anyone at the point of use / point of care
  • It provides a direct, objective measurement to verify cleanliness
  • The system is well proven and has been established for >30 years in several industries e.g. catering and healthcare
  • The system has been evaluated by DH Rapid Review Panel (2009) and given the highest level recommendation for use (level 1).

ATP swab testing can be carried out on specific touch points and other areas throughout the facility.  The scoring system is as follows: 0 -11 RLU the item is considered clean, 12 – 30 RLU the item is acceptable but requires cleaning – anything above 30 RLU is a fail  and the larger the reading the larger the contamination is evidenced.

On Site Audit of Infection Control and Cleaning with ATP Swabbing (includes 10 swabs)

This is undertaken by one of our Infection Control Team and they will undertake both audits on site and the ATP swabbing.  Please see monitoring to fully understand how this ATP testing is done and the benefits to your facility of adding this into your full infection control and cleaning onsite audit day.