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Anti-Viral Indications For Antimicrobial Products Urged By CTFA/SDA

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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The Cosmetic, Toiletry & Fragrance Association and Soap & Detergent Association are proposing a two-step approach to allowing both anti-viral and antibacterial claims on personnel hand products, food handler products and consumer handwash products

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Anti-viral standards

ASTM International test standards for assessing virucidal activity of handwash and handrub agents should be included in the OTC topical antimicrobial products final monograph, Microbiotest, Inc. asserts in recent comments to FDA. Lab also submits its protocol for study of hygienic handwash/handrub agent. "Recent upsurge" in viral infections necessitates anti-viral indications for antimicrobial products be included in rule alongside antibacterial claims, firm says. CTFA and SDA also support adding anti-viral indications (1"The Tan Sheet" Jan. 27, 2003, p. 7)...

Anti-viral standards

ASTM International test standards for assessing virucidal activity of handwash and handrub agents should be included in the OTC topical antimicrobial products final monograph, Microbiotest, Inc. asserts in recent comments to FDA. Lab also submits its protocol for study of hygienic handwash/handrub agent. "Recent upsurge" in viral infections necessitates anti-viral indications for antimicrobial products be included in rule alongside antibacterial claims, firm says. CTFA and SDA also support adding anti-viral indications (1"The Tan Sheet" Jan. 27, 2003, p. 7)...

Topical Antimicrobial Test Standards Created By Third Party Possible - FDA

FDA is willing to consider working with third-party standard-setting organizations to develop testing methodologies for the healthcare antiseptic products final monograph.

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