To investigate the potential usefulness of u.v. germicidal irradiation (UVGI) in preventing the spread of Burkholderia cepacia, an important pathogen in cystic fibrosis (CF), the in-vitro susceptibility of B. cepacia to UVGI was determined. Five strains were exposed to UVGI from a 7.2-W source. Burkholderia cepacia was less susceptible to UVGI than other important CF-related pathogens, namely Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, but was more susceptible than Stenotrophomonas maltophilia. No strain of B. cepacia survived longer than an 8 s exposure to UVGI, with doses required to achieve 1 log reduction in bacterial numbers ranging from 28.3 to 57.5 J m-2.