Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) is a molecule that can be detected easily and within minutes from sampling. Produced by mitochondria, it is an indication of the presence of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Its rapid degradation in dead cells allows it to be used as an indicator of living biomass.

ATP detection is used in various industries where hygiene or the prevention of cross contamination of allergens is critical. Food processors, beverage & brewing industries, bottled water manufacturers, hospitals, supermarkets, and restaurants all benefit from this test by immediately determining cleaning efficiency and hygiene status.


Since ATP analysis is a real time test, immediate corrective actions can be taken before product contamination takes place. Liquids or surfaces can be tested for levels of ATP, which are reported as femtomoles (one billionth of a millionth of a mole). Samples can be sent to the laboratory, or AMS can analyze samples onsite for most Southern California locations.