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Multipurpose collection and transport system

eSwab® – Copan’s Liquid Amies Elution Swab – collection and transport system is our multipurpose media intended for the collection and transport of clinical specimens containing aerobes, anaerobes, fastidious bacteria, viruses and Chlamydia.

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The finest medium

Workflow optimization

The technical characteristics and unique formula make eSwab® an extremely versatile device that can optimize your laboratory workflow, and reduce costs.



The product that made automation possible

Not only eSwab®- collected samples are compatible with WASP®-automated processing: eSwab® is the product that has opened the door to the concept of Liquid Based Microbiology, the first step into the Full microbiology Lab Automation.

Clinical Automation

The one device

eSwab® allows for multipurpose testing, traditional and automated bacterial culture, Gram stain, NAAT, and rapid antigen assays.



Ensure a quick, capillarity-driven sample uptake and a
superior elution of the biological specimen, expanding
downstream diagnostic testing capabilities.

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CLSI M40-A2 standard

eSwab® is compliant with CLSI M40-A2 Quality Control
for Microbiological Transport System standards.


Multiple testing capabilities

Thanks to its liquid formulation, it could be used to run multiple tests from a single specimen, reducing multiple sampling and stocking costs.



eSwab® is available combined with single or multiple swabs to meet different laboratories’ needs.


Stability and Preservation

eSwab® preserved the viability of all the organisms tested for 48 hours at both controlled room and refrigerated temperature, except for Neisseria gonorrhoeae cultures which should be processed within 24 hours. It can be used for the preservation of bacterial, viral or Chlamydial antigens and nucleic acids from swab spedimens for five days when stored at room temperature, 7 days if stored at 4°C and up to 6 months when stored at -20° C.

The perfect match

FLOQSwabs® Inside

The combination of with FLOQSwabs® expands your possibilities even further by ensuring an unmatched specimen collection in many anatomical collection sites. Discover why we call them “the perfect collection device.”


Into the Line

This product line groups a variety of product codes, each optimized to address specific needs.
Check here the summary of these features and contact us to discover the product code that best suits your need-mix and available in your Country.

Collection Sites

  • Wounds
  • Skin lesions
  • Nasal
  • Throat
  • Nasopharyngeal
  • Rectal
  • Vaginal
  • Eye
  • Urethral

Fields of Application

  • Bacteriology
  • Respiratory
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Cutaneous infections


  • Regular
  • Minitip
  • Flexible minitip

Downstream Application

  • Manual bacterial cultures
  • Processable by Automation
  • Rapid antigen
  • Gram staining
  • Nucleic acids amplification testing
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Suggested uses table. Please refer to your GLP procedures to choose the most appropriate device.
The use of this product in association with diagnostic kits or instrumentation should be internally validated by the user.

Scientific Mentions

Always faithful to our scientific approach, we are eager to hear the proof of the success of our efforts and commitment.

Browse Studies

Journal of Clinical Microbiology 2015 – Silbert S. et al.

In summary, the two next-generation real-time PCR assays evaluated in this study presented high sensitivity and specificity to detect and identify MRSA strains in eSwab®-collected nares samples, including at least one isolate carrying the mecC gene.


Southern African Journal of Infectious Diseases 2017 – Gumede L. et al.

To ensure the preservation and an acceptable isolation rate of N. gonorrhoeae from urethral discharge specimens, Copan eSwabs® should be transported and maintained at refrigerator temperatures, and must reach the processing laboratory by at least 120 h (5 days) after collection.


Journal of Clinical Microbiology 2017 – Silbert S. et al.

The BD Max StaphSR assay and culture displayed an excellent overall agreement for the detection of MRSA (99.2%) and S. aureus (96.8%) from eSwab®-collected wound samples.


Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease 2020 – Saliba R. et al.

To our knowledge, this study is the first to study the effect of Freeze/Thaw cycles and prolonged freezing of eSwab® liquid on the viability of aerobic bacteria. Optimal results are obtained when the eSwab® liquid is aliquoted and stored at -80 °C.


Journal of Microbiological Methods 2015 – Avolio M. et al.

The eSwab® fulfilled the CLSI acceptance criteria of viability maintenance for all microorganisms tested at T0, T24 and T48 timepoints. Under the storage condition evaluated, the Copan eSwab® has shown a better recovery capability than Σ-Transwab device.


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Top Scientific Studies

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A Comparative Evaluation of Automated (Copan WASP®) Versus Manual Methods for Plate Streaking and Specimen Processing

Preneshni Naicker, Keithea Mentoor, Clive Misland, V. Mischka Moodley, Pascal Musoni,
Chad Centner, Clinton Moodley, Janet Scholtz, Mark Nicol

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Evaluating WASPLab® against manual processing for infection control screening swabs – An Australian perspective

Catherine WRIGHT

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Comparison of Five Media for Detection of Extended-Spectrum Beta Lactamase by Use of WASP® Instrument for Automated Specimen Processing

P. Grohs, B. Tillecovidin, A. Caumont-Prim, E. Carbonnelle, N. Day, I. Podglajen and L. Gutmann

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Comparison of Automated Processing of Flocked Swabs with Manual Processing of Fiber Swabs for Detection of Nasal Carriage of Staphylococcus aureus

Gillian Jones, Roger Matthews, Richard Cunningham and Peter Jenks

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Can image analysis automatically screen for Streptococcus agalactiae in specimens collected from pregnant women?

J. Steenbergen

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Validation and implementation of Colorex™ CHROMagar™ Strep A agar on WASP®/WASPLab® for screening for Streptococcus pyogenes using the eSwab®

M. Gaskin, D. Yamamura, J. Korver

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Recovery of aerobic gram-negative bacteria from the Copan Eswab transport system after long-term storage.

Sofie C.M. Tops, Marlien Kolmus, Damy Wulms, Jakko van Ingen, Heiman F.L. Wertheim, Eva Kolwijck

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