Bureau Veritas is Testing Hand Sanitizer to Help in the Fight Against COVID-19
At Bureau Veritas (BV) our mission is to shape a world of trust. During these unprecedented times, BV is playing a key role in ensuring the health and well-being of our communities by testing hand sanitizers to validate efficacy. According to the CDC, laboratory data indicates that hand sanitizers with 60% ethanol and 70% isopropanol inactivates viruses that are genetically related to, and with similar physical properties as, the 2019-nCoV. To that end, the CDC recommends the use of hand sanitizers with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol. Our test results will reveal hand sanitizer formulation composition including the volume/volume percent (v/v%) of the active ingredients as well as verify the quality of key ingredients.
Recently, the FDA issued a new industry guidance policy for temporary compounding of certain alcohol-based hand sanitizer products during the public health emergency (https://www.fda.gov/media/136118/download). Furthermore, the World Health Organization recommends that health-care facilities currently using commercially-available handrubs should continue this practice, provided that the handrubs meet recognised standards for microbicidal efficacy (ASTM or EN standards) and are well accepted/ tolerated by the health-care workers.1 The WHO formulations that meet acceptable efficacy are outlined here.
Bureau Veritas analyzes the following key ingredients used in hand sanitizers using the ASTM, FCC and United States Pharmacopeia (USP) methods:
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Hydrogen peroxide
Our test results reveal the formulation composition including the volume/volume percent (v/v%) of the active ingredient (ethanol and isopropyl alcohol).
Offering a Helping Hand
Due to the critical nature of this important life-saving product, BV is partnering with local hand sanitizer manufacturers, including breweries and distilleries, in the US and Canada that are donating hand sanitizers to provide free laboratory testing of their products. If you are a manufacturer that would like to verify the efficacy of your hand sanitizer, please contact us.
We are providing testing in the US and Canada. For information on how to send us a sample, contact:
USA: Kathleen Murto: firstname.lastname@example.org or 346-302-6409
Canada: foodNA@bureauveritas.com or 1-800-563-6266