The government’s new guidance on the manufacture and supply of cleaning products is welcome but must go further by having “rigorous checks on products”, suggests a network of disinfection experts.
The Health and Safety Executive this month released fresh guidance on the manufacture and supply of surface disinfection products.
The guidance follows calls from the Safer Disinfectant Network for more rigorous checks and higher clinical standards for disinfectant products. The Safer Disinfectant Network describes itself as "a network of companies, professional associations and stakeholders, formed because of a shared concern about failings in the supply of infection prevention products in the UK".
A spokesman said: “New guidance issued by the Health and Safety Executive on the manufacture and supply of surface disinfectants is extremely welcome.
- Washing your hands alone will not reduce the risk of transmission, and that’s why it is right that the importance of surface disinfection, particularly in high touch areas, is highlighted.
- Most crucially, the products we use need to be effective. Manufacturers should be required to meet high clinical standards and demonstrate their efficacy.
- This new guidance is a step in the right direction but we would like to see it go further through the introduction of more rigorous checks on products. We’re committed to working closely with government and the HSE to make sure we get this right: protecting the public from suppliers making misleading and unsubstantiated claims.”
Launched in November 2020, the Safer Disinfectant Network is a collaboration of disinfectant producers and infection control experts, who aim to protect the public from products making misleading and unsubstantiated claims about what bacteria and viruses they protect people from. Supporters and founders include Professor Jean-Yves Maillard from the University of Cardiff, as well as Gama Healthcare, Clorox, PDI, Ecolab and Diversey.
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