∑-VCM™ is a preservation and a universal transport media device, used for optimum recovery of viruses, chlamydia, mycoplasma, ureaplasma and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Antibiotics in the medium inhibit the growth of contaminating bacteria and fungi.

It is compatible with culture and molecular diagnostic techniques.

∑-VCM™ can have a positive clinical impact on the development of reliable laboratory results. This single universal medium can reduce the number of inappropriately taken samples, therefore avoiding the need to order repeat specimens.There is also no need for ∑-VCM™ to be refrigerated or frozen for transport.

∑-VCM™ can be stored and transported at ambient temperature.

∑-VCM™ is compliant with the CLSI standard M40-A2. This standard is for the Quality Control of Microbiology Specimen Transport Devices.

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Recommended applications

Respiratory, wound and skin.

  • Liquid VCM™ recovers viruses, Chlamydia, mycoplasma & ureaplasma, and Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • Single Σ swab
  • Compatible with molecular & cell culture techniques and is a universal transport media device.
  • Single medium for urogenital specimens
  • Suitable for molecular and conventional techniques including cell culture
  • Liquid phase ideal for multiple aliquoting
Product Codes

Small Vial – Tube size: 81mm (h) x 12mm (Ø) Cap size: 15mm (h) x 17mm (Ø) Tube with cap: 83mm (h)

Large Vial – Tube size: 101mm (h) x 15mm (Ø) Cap size: 16mm (h) x 20mm (Ø) Tube with cap: 103mm (h)

Code Description Cap Colour Swab Length Pack Size
MW910S Standard Tip, small vial Red 15cm 125
MW910S3ML 3ml Standard Tip, small vial Red 15cm 125
MW911PF2ML 2ml Flexible Shaft Mini Tip PurFlock®, small vial Red 15cm 125
MW911S Liquid VCM Flexible Shaft Mini, small vial Red 15cm 125
MW912S Duo Standard and Mini Tip, small vial Red 15cm 125
MW913PF2ML 2ml Flexible Shaft Micro Ultrafine Tip PurFlock®, small vial Red 15cm 125
MW914PF2ML 2ml Duo Standard and Mini Tip PurFlock®, small vial Red 15cm 125
MW915T 1ml medium only, with no swab, small vial This product is: Build to Order with a 6-8 week lead time and minimum order value. Red 50
MW916T 3ml medium only, with no swab, small vial Red 50
MW918S Tapered Shaft Standard Tip, large vial Red 15cm 125
MW919S Flexible Shaft Mini Tip, large vial Red 15cm 125
MW920S 3ml Duo Standard and Mini Tip, large vial Red 15cm 125
MW921S 3ml Duo Two Standard Tip, large vial Red 15cm 125
MW926T 3ml medium only, no swab, large vial This product is: Build to Order with a 6-8 week lead time and minimum order value. Red 50
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MSDS MW910S (Sigma VCM™)
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MSDS MW911S (Sigma VCM™)
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MSDS MW912S (Sigma VCM™)
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MSDS MW915T (Sigma VCM™)
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MSDS MW916T (Sigma VCM™)
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MSDS MW918S (Sigma VCM™)
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MSDS MW919S (Sigma VCM™)
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MSDS MW920S (Sigma VCM™)
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MSDS MW921S (Sigma VCM™)
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MSDS MW924S (Sigma VCM™)
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MSDS MW926T (Sigma VCM™)
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Independent Studies
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Study showing good uptake and release of DNA as well as recovery of the CMV DNA in both the Sigma VCM and Sigma Virocult media. This study also shows that degradation of the control material is minimal even after a holding period of 72 hrs at room temperature - Laughlin
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Study showing Sigma VCM® liquid medium allows for the detection of target DNA following prolonged storage at room temperature without sample degradation, and helps in diagnosis of Urethritis - Eltringham
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Evaluation of Mycoplasma Hominis transfer by different swabs to Sigma VCM transport media showed that MWE Sigma Swabs were superior to Copan Rayon and Cobas PCR Swabs - Kiran & Spiller 2018
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Evaluation of Sigma VCM proven to be effective in preserving the viability of Mycoplasma hominis - Rees & Spiller 2017
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Evaluation showing viability of Ureaplasma species in Ʃ-VCM transport medium being stable for 4 days at room temperature, which could be extended to at least 264 hours if kept at 4˚C - Ridge & Spiller
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Study demonstrating that Sigma-VCM® transport swab is capable of maintaining the viability of Neisseria gonorrhoeae at room temperature or refrigerated temperature for at least 24h, which can be extended - Stuczen 2011
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All MWE Liquid Media and Swabs are compatible with the FilmArray system, bioFire - Laughlin,2017
Product Insert / IFU
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∑-VCM – Product Insert (Czech)
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∑-VCM (Sigma VCM) Product Insert English
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∑-VCM (Sigma VCM) Product Insert (French)
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∑-VCM – Bruksanvisning (Svenska) Product Insert Swedish
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∑-VCM (Sigma-VCM) Product Insert Italian
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Dryswab Product Insert French v.16
Accreditation Documentation
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Quality Management Certificate ISO 13485
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MDSAP Certificate
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EC Certificate Directive 93/42/EEC
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Latex Free Products
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LRQA Certificate of Approval ISO 9001
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UKCA Approval Certificate
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Sample Non-Website Published Document
For articles and clinical studies on SIGMA VCM™

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