Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Market Report Scope & Overview:

The Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Market Size was valued at USD 3.57 billion in 2023 and is expected to reach USD 5.35 billion by 2031, and grow at a CAGR of 5.2% over the forecast period 2024-2031.

The uptake of antimicrobial susceptibility testing for the treatment of infections is expected to be increased due to increasing market penetration of personalised medicinal products, as well as an overuse and abuse of antibiotics that may lead to antibacterial resistance. In addition, market growth is projected to be driven by the growing use of antimicrobial susceptibility testing by biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and biopharma companies for developing novel & efficient medicinal products. New opportunities are also opening up for the market with the availability of modern products. For example, NanoSynex Ltd. made an announcement of its plan to market the novel rapid AST in January 2023.

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  • The government's efforts to identify and control antimicrobial resistant organisms are increasing.

  • Increasing market support, R&D grants and Public Private Partnerships

  • The rise of multidrug resistance as a result of substance abuse.

With the rise of medication resistance globally, diseases are becoming increasingly challenging to treat, leading to a decline in the effectiveness of antibiotics and, ultimately, contributing to higher mortality rates. For example, new antibiotics are urgently needed to treat carbapenem resistant gram-negative bacterial infections, according to the WHO list of priority pathogens.


  • Automated ID/AST systems are extremely expensive

  • The cost of automated laboratory equipment is high.

There are top of the line features and functions in automated antimicrobial laboratory equipment, and it costs a lot of money. Automated AST systems reduce incubation and detection time. Another obstacle to this industry is the cost of maintaining these devices, which are well suited for cutting edge software and require periodic maintenance.


  • Initiatives to raise awareness about antimicrobial resistance and its management

  • Growth in the emerging markets

There are significant opportunities for players in the antimicrobial susceptibility testing market in emerging countries such as Asia Pacific, India, China and Japan. Also, the rising demand for antimicrobial susceptibility testing in these nations is driven by the rapid expansion of medical tourism, the growth of the adult population (aged 20 and above), and the escalating prevalence of drug abuse. The countries also have a strong and skilled workforce, which has great knowledge of the latest technological developments. In addition, these countries have favourable import and export policies and are underpenetrated in most respects, which could help companies to develop their brands. The regions are helping to develop and update their technologies by increasing the number of skilled technicians and by becoming more aware of new technologies.


  • Complex regulatory procedures are slowing down the approval of antimicrobial tests.

One of the biggest problems with antibiotic susceptibility testing is that there are too many gaps in time between determining breakpoints, approving new antibiotics and making them available on the market. The FDA sets certain threshold values when pharmaceutical companies submit applications for new medications which are not approved. The lack of clinically defined thresholds for some medicinal products is also limiting the adoption of antimicrobial susceptibility agents. For example, as an illustration, clinical cutoffs for assessing the effectiveness of antifungal treatment in invasive non-Aspergillus mold infections are currently unavailable.

Impact of Russia-Ukraine War

The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine reverberates through the realm of antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST), amplifying challenges across various fronts. Supply chains, essential to the timely delivery of laboratory essentials, are experiencing disruptions resulting in shortages and delays on key tests which directly impact patient care. Furthermore, the conflict-induced damage to laboratory infrastructure and sporadic interruptions in power supply compound the problem, impeding the accurate execution of AST and complicating treatment decisions for healthcare providers. Displacement of skilled healthcare workers is an additional complication in the current shortage, affecting laboratory capacity and adversely affecting AST's effectiveness. In addition, the global collaboration and sharing of data could be impeded by geopolitical tensions that would prevent efforts to detect antibiotic resistance trends and develop efficient strategies. These complex challenges underline the need to develop a coordinated approach to addressing AST in conflict zones, as well as protecting public health against antimicrobial resistance around the world, calling for an immediate effort.

Impact of Economic slowdown

A reduction in the number of patients and, consequently, a reduction in the demand for AST can result from reduced demand for healthcare services, in particular non urgent treatments. This decrease in demand can further strain laboratory resources, and could lead to an underutilisation of AST capacity. In addition, the challenges faced by healthcare facilities in maintaining and upgrading AST infrastructure are exacerbated by limited access to finance due to economic slowdown.

Market Segmentation:

By Product

  • Manual Tests

  • MIC Strips

  • Susceptibility Testing Disks

  • Susceptibility Plates

  • Automated Instruments

  • Consumables & Media

In 2023, the manual test segment accounted for a market share of 54.2%. As compared to automated tests, the large market share of this segment can be explained by ease of availability and low costs. In addition, the adoption of AST is increasing as a result of growing incidences of infectious diseases such as Shigella, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Neisseria meningitides and others; are expected to drive the segment growth during the forecast period.


By Technique

  • Automated AST

  • Etest Method

  • Dilution

  • Disk Diffusion

  • Others

In 2023, the disk diffusion segment accounted for a revenue share of 42.3%. Various advantages such as ease of use and cost effectiveness can contribute to growth in the market. In addition, it provides for the possibility to carry out directly susceptibility tests in DST format which could shorten turnaround times. However, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC), and the European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) have voiced criticism towards DST, citing concerns about the lack of standardization in the inoculum employed for such tests.

By Application

  • Drug Development

  • Susceptibility Testing

  • Others

In 2023, the segment of susceptibility testing accounted for the largest revenue share of 39.5%. This market share is due to the high incidence of infectious diseases, increasing drug resistance and growing acceptance of AST as a treatment regimen for individual patients. Furthermore, market growth is supported by growing government initiatives aimed at raising awareness of antimicrobial testing. The adoption of ASTs for the detection of microbes and for the selection of effective treatments is also increasing due to the increasing incidence of healthcare associated infections.


By End-Use

  • Hospitals

  • Diagnostic Laboratories

  • Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Companies

  • Others

Hospitals accounted for a 38.9% market share in 2023 due to increasing hospital infections and increasing cases of multidrug resistant infectious diseases, due to antibiotic misuse and lack of awareness about the use of antibiotics in developing countries are major drivers for market growth. To identify suspected infections, susceptibility tests are also carried out for different antimicrobials. In this case, the AST test is extremely efficient in detection of resistivity and sensitivity to microbes so that it can be selected as an optimum regimen.


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Regional Analysis:

In 2023, North America commanded the overall market with a revenue share of 46.8% and is expected to retain its dominance over the forecast period. Regional market growth is expected to be driven by rising incidences of infectious diseases, increasing antimicrobial resistance, and an increasing number of research activities related to the introduction of novel treatments for infections in the region.

Asia Pacific is expected to grow at a faster rate than any other region over the forecast period. The key drivers of growth in this region are the increasing number of R&D activities on new therapeutic products for infections, improved healthcare sector and government initiatives aimed at reducing illness burden. In addition, the demand for antibacterial susceptibility testing in this region is expected to increase as more and more people adopt tailored treatment options with regard to infectious diseases.



North America

  • US

  • Canada

  • Mexico


  • Eastern Europe

    • Poland

    • Romania

    • Hungary

    • Turkey

    • Rest of Eastern Europe

  • Western Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Netherlands

    • Switzerland

    • Austria

    • Rest of Western Europe

Asia Pacific

  • China

  • India

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Vietnam

  • Singapore

  • Australia

  • Rest of Asia Pacific

Middle East & Africa

  • Middle East

    • UAE

    • Egypt

    • Saudi Arabia

    • Qatar

    • Rest of the Middle East

  • Africa

    • Nigeria

    • South Africa

    • Rest of Africa

Latin America

  • Brazil

  • Argentina

  • Colombia

  • Rest of Latin America


Some of the major key players are as follows: Bio-Rad, BD, Danaher, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Accelerate Diagnostics, Merck Group, Creative Diagnostics, Alifax, Roche Diagnostics Limited, Synbiosis and Other Players.

Merck Group-Company Financial Analysis

Company Landscape Analysis

Recent Developments:

In January 2023, bioMerieux has introduced MAESTRIA, an innovative AI tool. Their commitment to the development of automation in diagnostics is reflected in this addition to their product portfolio.

In May 2022, Qualigen Therapeutics made an announcement regarding its strategic partnership with NanoSynex Ltd. Qualigen recently completed agreements to acquire a controlling interest in NanoSynex, a company that demonstrated its advanced technology at BioMed Israel. NanoSynex's revolutionary technology is designed to significantly speed up the results of antimicrobial susceptibility tests and in doing so, reduce the time needed by a remarkable six times.

In April 2022, in particular in the area of identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing, COPAN Diagnostics has taken the opportunity to demonstrate its full range of fully automated solutions for clinical microbiology. This demonstration took place at the 32nd European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID2022). The presentation of the FDA cleared Colibri, a complete automated specimen preparation device, was one notable event. For the preparation of MALDITOF identification targets and for the production of bacterial suspensions for AST, it is specifically designed.

Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Market Report Scope:
Report Attributes Details
Market Size in 2023 US$ 3.57 Billion
Market Size by 2031 US$ 5.66 Billion
CAGR CAGR of 5.9% From 2024 to 2031
Base Year 2023
Forecast Period 2024-2031
Historical Data 2020-2022
Report Scope & Coverage Market Size, Segments Analysis, Competitive  Landscape, Regional Analysis, DROC & SWOT Analysis, Forecast Outlook
Key Segments • By Product (Manual Tests, Automated Instruments, Consumables & Media)
• By Technique (Automated AST, Etest Method, Dilution, Disk Diffusion, Others)
• By Application (Drug Development, Susceptibility Testing, Others)
• By End-use (Hospitals, Diagnostic Laboratories, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Companies, Others)
Regional Analysis/Coverage North America (US, Canada, Mexico), Europe (Eastern Europe [Poland, Romania, Hungary, Turkey, Rest of Eastern Europe] Western Europe] Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Rest of Western Europe]), Asia Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, Rest of Asia Pacific), Middle East & Africa (Middle East [UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Rest of Middle East], Africa [Nigeria, South Africa, Rest of Africa], Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Rest of Latin America)
Company Profiles Bio-Rad, BD, Danaher, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Accelerate Diagnostics, Merck Group, Creative Diagnostics, Alifax, Roche Diagnostics Limited, and Synbiosis.
DRIVERS • Advancements in technology
• Government efforts to detect and control antimicrobial-resistant species are becoming more widespread.
• Drug misuse leads to the development of multidrug resistance.
RESTRAINTS • Automated ID/AST systems are extremely expensive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ans: The expected CAGR of the global Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Market during the forecast period is 5.2%.

Ans: The Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Market was valued at USD 3.57 billion in 2023.

Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Market is divided into four segments and they are By Product, By Type, By Method, and By End User.

North America now holds the bulk of the worldwide antimicrobial susceptibility testing market share, and is expected to do so for the foreseeable future.

The antimicrobial susceptibility testing segment dominated the market.


1. Introduction

1.1 Market Definition

1.2 Scope

1.3 Research Assumptions

2. Industry Flowchart

3. Research Methodology

4. Market Dynamics

4.1 Drivers

4.2 Restraints

4.3 Opportunities

4.4 Challenges

5. Impact Analysis

5.1 Impact of Russia-Ukraine Crisis

5.2 Impact of Economic Slowdown on Major Countries

5.2.1 Introduction

5.2.2 United States

5.2.3 Canada

5.2.4 Germany

5.2.5 France

5.2.6 UK

5.2.7 China

5.2.8 Japan

5.2.9 South Korea

5.2.10 India

6. Value Chain Analysis

7. Porter’s 5 Forces Model

8.  Pest Analysis

9. Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Market, by Product

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Trend Analysis

9.3 Manual Tests

9.3.1 MIC Strips

9.3.1 Susceptibility Testing Disks

9.3.1 Susceptibility Plates

9.4 Automated Instruments

9.5 Consumables & Media 

10. Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Market, by Technique 
10.3 Trend Analysis
10.4 Automated AST
10.5 Etest Method
10.6 Dilution
10.7 Disk Diffusion
10.8 Others

11. Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Market, by Application
11.1 Introduction
11.3 Trend Analysis
11.4 Drug Development
11.5 Susceptibility Testing
11.6 Others 

12. Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Market, by End-use

12.1 Introduction

12.2 Trend Analysis

12.3 Hospitals

12.4 Diagnostic Laboratories

12.5 Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Companies

12.6 Others

13. Regional Analysis

13.1 Introduction

13.2 North America

13.2.1 USA

13.2.2 Canada

13.2.3 Mexico

13.3 Europe

13.3.1 Eastern Europe Poland Romania Hungary Turkey Rest of Eastern Europe

13.3.2 Western Europe Germany France UK Italy Spain Netherlands Switzerland Austria Rest of Western Europe

13.4 Asia-Pacific

13.4.1 China

13.4.2 India

13.4.3 Japan

13.4.4 South Korea

13.4.5 Vietnam

13.4.6 Singapore

13.4.7 Australia

13.4.8 Rest of Asia Pacific

13.5 The Middle East & Africa

13.5.1 Middle East UAE Egypt Saudi Arabia Qatar Rest of the Middle East

13.5.2 Africa Nigeria South Africa Rest of Africa

13.6 Latin America

13.6.1 Brazil

12.6.2 Argentina

13.6.3 Colombia

13.6.4 Rest of Latin America

14. Company Profiles

14.1 Bio-Rad

14.1.1 Company Overview

14.1.2 Financial

14.1.3 Products/ Services Offered

14.1.4 SWOT Analysis

14.1.5 The SNS View

14.2 BD

14.2.1 Company Overview

14.2.2 Financial

14.2.3 Products/ Services Offered

14.2.4 SWOT Analysis

14.2.5 The SNS View

14.3 Danaher

14.3.1 Company Overview

14.3.2 Financial

14.3.3 Products/ Services Offered

14.3.4 SWOT Analysis

14.3.5 The SNS View

14.4 Thermo Fisher Scientific

14.4.1 Company Overview

14.4.2 Financial

14.4.3 Products/ Services Offered

14.4.4 SWOT Analysis

14.4.5 The SNS View

14.5 Accelerate Diagnostics

14.5.1 Company Overview

14.5.2 Financial

14.5.3 Products/ Services Offered

14.5.4 SWOT Analysis

14.5.5 The SNS View

14.6 Merck Group

14.6.1 Company Overview

14.6.2 Financial

14.6.3 Products/ Services Offered

14.6.4 SWOT Analysis

14.6.5 The SNS View

14.7 Creative Diagnostics

14.7.1 Company Overview

14.7.2 Financial

14.7.3 Products/ Services Offered

14.7.4 SWOT Analysis

14.7.5 The SNS View

14.8 Alifax

14.8.1 Company Overview

14.8.2 Financial

14.8.3 Products/ Services Offered

14.8.4 SWOT Analysis

14.8.5 The SNS View

14.9 Roche Diagnostics Limited

14.9.1 Company Overview

14.9.2 Financial

14.9.3 Products/ Services Offered

14.9.4 SWOT Analysis

14.9.5 The SNS View

14.10 Synbiosis

14.10.1 Company Overview

14.10.2 Financial

14.10.3 Products/ Services Offered

14.10.4 SWOT Analysis

14.10.5 The SNS View

15. Competitive Landscape

15.1 Competitive Benchmarking

15.2 Market Share Analysis

15.3 Recent Developments

15.3.1 Industry News

15.3.2 Company News

15.3.3 Mergers & Acquisitions

16. Use Case and Best Practices

17. Conclusion

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