Author: Brandon Bahr
COVID19, THE FDA & HAND SANITIZER
The last six or so months have been difficult for everyone, with COVID-19, a strand of the coronavirus, affecting everybody in some way or another. Perhaps you were left to homeschool your kids while juggling work, had to complete your exams and finish your degree from home, or, worst case, lost someone dear to you.
However, there is one thing we can all relate to: we’re all in this together, no matter how long it takes. It’s not just one town, city, or country; it’s a global effort to save lives, look out for one another, and do all that we can do to beat this deadly virus.
In particular, the food and drug administration (FDA) have deregulated their original guidelines of testing hand sanitizer products in an effort to ensure all adults and children have access to the bacteria-killing essential we all once took for granted. However, there has been some confusion from the media and others in response to the FDA’s most recent updates and FDA hand sanitizer, some of which we will outline in this short article.
NEW TESTING METHODS FOR HAND SANITIZER SAFETY
With the demand for hand sanitizer so high, new products have struggled to make it to the market, meeting the demand and joining the fight against COVID-19. The same applies to testing. All hand sanitizers must be tested and meet the FDA regulations, ensuring they are safe for use and not harmful to the skin or the body in any way, shape, or form.
The new laboratory testing method (gas chromatography) is being used to test hand sanitizer products’ overall quality. This method of testing ensures all ingredients used within the sanitizer do not contain harmful levels of impurities (also known as contaminants). This testing method can be used with hand sanitizers labeled with either alcohol (ethanol) or isopropyl or 2-propanol as the main and active ingredient, screening this for impurities and ensuring the product reaches the FDA’s guidelines and restrictions.
NEW FDA GUIDELINES FOR THE QUALITY OF ALCOHOL USED IN HAND SANITIZERS
WHAT DO THESE NEW FDA STANDARDS MEAN FOR SANITIZER MANUFACTURING?
Essentially, with a new method of testing, we can expect more alcohol-based and isopropyl- based hand sanitizers landing on the market soon, all of which meet the FDA’s previously stated guidelines.
With an increase in safe, accessible hand sanitizer, we can fight the virus together. Killing germs and taking further precautions while we await a vaccine - hopefully, it will be coming soon. However, until then, the decrease in regulation and increased production speed will no doubt help.
Covid-19, a strand of the coronavirus, has taken the world by storm, demanding dedication to saving lives from almost every person across the globe. However, in particular, companies have stepped up to produce hand sanitizer to meet the increased demand the pandemic has placed on today’s society.
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