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FLOQ® Technology


The swab that reinvented sample collection

Our beloved FLOQSwabs® consists of a customizable molded plastic shaft and a tip coated with perpendicular short Nylon® fibers. Thanks to the superior elution efficiency, FLOQSwabs® ensure a flawless specimen collection, expanding downstream testing capabilities.

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Cut out for everyone

FLOQ® technology, applied. FLOQSwabs® soft flocked tip is available in numerous sizes and shapes to fit many anatomical collection sites.


Shafts and breaking points

Flexible and safe

A specially designed plastic shaft supports the flocked tip, ensuring the highest strength and flexibility. The shaft can also be provided with a breaking point for a smooth release of the tip inside the tube after specimen collection.


One product in loads of products

FLOQSwabs® are pairable with most of our collection and transport media. Why? Because it’s the best swab around!


FLOQ® technology

Applied on the tip of a plastic shaft, the FLOQ® technology gives life to our FLOQSwabs®.

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Compared to other swabs, FLOQSwabs® have no internal core to trap the sample, allowing rapid adsorption and ensuring fast and complete specimen elution.


Designed for multiple collection sites

Various shaft and tip dimensions made FLOQSwabs® a well-tolerated alternative to invasive and costly collection procedures in many anatomical sites.


Combinable with different media

FLOQSwabs® can be paired with different bacteriology and virology collection and transport media, expanding their flexibility even further and making them compatible with countless downstream assays.



Do you have special needs? Customized FLOQSwabs® are also available upon request.

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

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  • Buccal
  • Endo-cervical
  • Vaginal
  • Rectal
  • Entero-pathogens
  • Armpit
  • Wound
  • Faeces
  • Nasal
  • Throat
  • Groin
  • Naso-pharyngeal
  • Mid turbinate
  • Pediatric mid turbinate
  • Neonatal
  • Urethral
  • Etc…


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  • Regular
  • Regular rounded tip
  • Minitip
  • Conic tip
  • Flexibile
  • Ultra Thin Minitip
  • Mini Flexibile
  • Cone-shaped
  • L-shaped
  • Fine tip
  • Long contoured with stopper
  • Contoured with  low stopper
  • Short contoured with  stopper
  • Large with stopper
  • Etc…
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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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J Clin Microbiol 2011 – Kiio Munywoki P. et al.

Possible advantages of Nasopharyngeal Flocked swabbing over Nasal washes and Nasopharyngeal aspiration include simplicity of use, improved standardization in different age groups and between operators, and better acceptability in a wider range of settings.


AMB Expr 2020 – Zasada AA et al.

We obtained the highest amount of DNA for flocked nylon swabs…The highest absorption was revealed for flocked nylon swabs, which are the most efficient for DNA extraction and bacterial culture.


Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease 2020 – Speicher DJ et al.

To overcome these limitations, procedures for viral antibody detection were optimized on an open commercial platform for dried oral flocked swabs, after room temperature storage.


Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis 2011 – Hernes SS et al.

The present study favours nasopharyngeal sampling with nylon flocked swabs: a calculated 4.8 times higher viral DNA concentration was found on the nylon flocked swabs, regardless of the sample origin.


J Clin Microbiol 2008 – Abu-Diab A et al.

The excellent sensitivity of the flocked swab samples in combination with the rapid means by which they may be collected makes them an alternative to Nasopharyngeal aspirate samples, whose collection is more invasive.


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Related Videos


FLOQSwabs® VS Cotton Swab

FLOQSwabs® consist of a customizable molded plastic shaft and a tip coated with perpendicular short Nylon® fibers. Thanks to the superior elution efficiency, FLOQSwabs® ensure a flawless specimen collection, expanding downstream testing capabilities. Check in this video FLOQSwabs® adsorption and elution efficiency compared to standard cotton swabs!

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Nasopharyngeal Collection with FLOQSwabs® and UTM®

A proper nasopharyngeal specimen sampling is crucial for a correct diagnosis of respiratory tract infections, including COVID-19. To help the collection of SARS-CoV-2 in compliance with CDC and WHO guidelines, we created this how-to educational video.

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Top Scientific Studies

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Detection of Microbial Agents in Oropharyngeal and Nasopharyngeal Samples of SARS-CoV-2 Patients

Tyler Seckar

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Analysis of Incidence and Clinical Characteristics of RSV Infection in Hospitalized Children: A Retrospective Study

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