Report on illegal and ineffective disinfectants to the European Chemicals Agency

On 5 June 2020, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) warned about the increasing commercialisation of non-compliant disinfectants during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a press release, ECHA indicates that twenty Member States of the European Union have reported to ECHA and the European Commission about the growing number of illegal and ineffective hand disinfectants available on national markets.

As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand of disinfectants increased, and the presence non-compliant products as well (i.e. wrong formulation, no authorisations, lack of hazard labelling, etc.).

The European Commission has published a guidance on the applicable legislation for leave-on hand cleaners and disinfectants. You can read it here.

In March 2020, the European Chemical Society published an article on chemical disinfectants, and more specifically on how alcohol can make a high-level disinfectant.

If you are interested to learn more about it, the article is available here.

Source: here.

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