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Collection, Transport & Preservation System for Enteric Pathogens

FecalSwab™ is intended to collect fecal specimens and preserve enteric pathogenic bacteria’s viability during transport to the testing laboratory. In the laboratory, FecalSwab™ samples are processed using standard clinical laboratory operating procedures for culture.

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Standardized Collection

Collection made easy

FecalSwab™ is a modified Cary-Blair medium specifically designed for the recovery, preservation and detection of enteric pathogens, available with two collection devices: a standard flocked swab and a specialized one with stopper for the collection of anal, perianal and feces.


Processing and applications

Versatile and automatable

In the laboratory, FecalSwab™ collected samples are compatible with Copan WASP® automated processing and suitable enteric bacteria culture.


The perfect s-tool!

FecalSwab™ is a convenient system for transporting fecal samples!


Rectal and stool sampling

Fecalswab™ can be used by medical staff to transfer a small quantity of sample from the primary stool collection container, or to directly collect a rectal swab sample.


Easy transport

FecalSwab™ simplifies fecal sample collection, transport, and processing. Its shatterproof tubes are a compact and neat alternative to large, bulky transport containers.


CLSI M40-A2 standard

FecalSwab™ is compliant with CLSI M40-A2 Quality Control
for Microbiological Transport System standards.


Sample stability

FecalSwab™ preserves collected specimens for 48h at room temperature or 72h at refrigerated temperature. In the case of C. difficile culture investigation, Copan FecalSwab™ preserves collected specimens up to 24h at room temperature
and 48h at refrigerated temperature.


Proprietary state of the art outer packaging

The VI-PAK metallic foil and plastic film barrier block oxygen entry, preventing unwanted oxidation of the transport medium.

The perfect match

FLOQSwabs® Inside

The combination of FecalSwab™ 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.”

FLOQ® Technology

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

  • Rectal
  • Feces
  • Perianal

Fields of Application

  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Multi Drug-Resistant organisms


  • Regular
  • Specialized regular with stopper

Downstream Application

  • Bacterial culture
  • Toxigenic and antigenic detection
  • NAAT
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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.

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Infectious Disease 2020 – Rojas HF et al.

The Copan FecalSwab™ is a convenient stool transport device that consists of a Copan flocked swab (FLOQSwab™) and 2 mL of Cary-Blair medium for stool preservation, while needing very little stool sample.” Rojas HF et al (2020) Evaluation of Copan FecalSwab™ preserved stool specimens with the BD MAX


Journal of Clinical Microbiology 2017 – Mashock MJ et al.

The high sensitivity and specificity of the Copan FecalSwab™-preserved specimens observed within this study compared with those of the unpreserved specimens suggest that this preservation medium is suitable for collection of samples for use in the Xpert C. difficile assay.


Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease 2019 – Goneau LW et al.

Together, the automated WASP® system combined with FecalSwab™ and selenite media represents a rapid and efficient approach for the processing of stool specimens compared to standard methods.


Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease 2021 – Farfour et al.

FecalSwab™ is an accurate sampling device for CPE screening. It allows performing all eXDR screening using a single swab, simplifying the sample collection, and improving the patient comfort.


Journal of Clinical Microbiology 2017 – Silbert S et al.

Our data support the idea that the FecalSwab™ system can be used to process raw stool samples prior to testing with the FilmArray GI Panel. The FecalSwab™ system optimizes the collection and transport of GI pathogens and rapid diagnosis of gastrointestinal diseases.


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Scientific Study

Evaluating the preservation and isolation of stool pathogens using the COPAN FecalSwab™ transport system and walk-away specimen processor

Goneau LW, Mazzulli A, Trimi X, Cabrera A, Lo P, Mazzulli T

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A. Giambra, S. Allibardi, S. Rizzo, M. Enrietto, A. Vinelli, M. Castro, F. Gorreta

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Implementation of Copan FecalSwab™ and Copan Selenite™ on WASP® for the Automated Processing of Stool Specimens

Ann Lemmens, Truus Goegebuer, and Luc Hendrickx

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Evaluation of Copan FecalSwab™ preserved stool specimens with the BD MAX™ Enteric Bacterial Panel and the BD MAX™ Extended Enteric Bacterial Panel

Hanen Fernandez Rojas

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