July 31, 2020

Hand Sanitisers and Disinfectants: Full Service Testing and Registration


To support the increasing demand placed on manufacturing disinfectants and hand sanitisers due to COVID-19 pandemic, we can be your complete service providers for all your testing and regulatory needs to ensure your products are compliant with current regulations.

This covers hand sanitisers and disinfectants used in the food and domestic settings through to veterinary and medical uses.

In addition to testing, we can review warning and claims artwork for hand sanitisers to ensure they comply with relevant regulations and local requirements.

When manufacturing hand sanitisers and disinfectants, there are two key testing and regulatory considerations:

–          the standards these products must meet will vary depending on their use;

–          legislation changes to regulations continue to evolve.

Below are the key categories and testing that we carry out:

Hand Sanitisers

For hand sanitisers in the medical arena, our full service includes quantitative suspension tests for the evaluation of fungicidal or yeasticidal activity (EN 13624) and bactericidal activity (EN 13727). Plus, surgical hand disinfectant efficacy is tested (EN 12791). This testing is in addition to EN 1499 for hygienic handwashes and EN 1500 for hygienic handrubs.

For non-medical uses our quantitative suspension test evaluates bactericidal activity (EN 1276) and fungicidal or yeasticidal activity (EN 1650). In addition, we test for hygienic hand wash efficacy (EN 1499) and hygienic hand wash disinfectant efficacy (EN 1500).

We can also review your product artwork regarding claims and warnings to ensure it is compliant with the Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR), Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulations and local requirements.  There are currently cases of hand sanitisers lacking the required hazard labelling and incorrectly claiming their efficacy against viruses without adequate substantiation. The UK Trading Standards are stopping shipments of these hand sanitisers at entry into the UK, which results in costly delays and fines.

Surface Disinfectants

These are split into two main applications: mechanical action, such as wipes, and without mechanical action, such sprays used across household, medical, food and veterinary industries.

We carry out the quantitative suspension and surface tests for bacteria, yeast / fungi, viruses and spores as well as conduct a test specifically designed for wipes (EN 16615).

At MSL, our teams will not only provide a comprehensive range of tests but will also offer a tailor made solution to any of your testing needs in order to support your specific claims. Contact us at info@msl.io for more details.