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How do yo know your disinfectant sanitizer or cleaning process is effective?

Cleaning and disinfecting are critical parts of all households or workplaces. The main goal is not only to sterilize the environment we will live in, but also to decrease the load of pathogens. This will also help in controlling the spread of several diseases, whether communicable or non-communicable.

Sanitizers and other disinfecting products make certain claims on their labels. These indications describe their effectiveness. Disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizers and other cleaning products decrease the load of pathogens. Have you ever read the labels of household disinfectants? If no, then you must. They claim to kill 99.9% bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. The products used in cleaning and disinfecting hospitals, manufacturing facilities and other commercial areas, make similar claims.

But, how can we verify the claims? How can we know if these products are effective? In this article, we will guide you about the verification of claims and the methods of effective cleaning.

Verifying the Label Claims

Certified laboratories perform studies that help in verification of the labelled claims. These studies protect you from believing the false and misleading information. Sanitizers and disinfectants pass through diversified tests that verify the truthfulness of the labels on them.

Requirement of Product Label Claims

Organizations such as the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conduct tests and validate the label claims. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) further support the validations and testing conducted by FDA and EPA.

Verifying the Label Claims: Types of Studies Conducted

Our laboratory performs the under-mentioned studies on Label Claims Support for diverse clients belonging to the sanitizer, cleaning and disinfecting industry.

Time Kill Studies

This study is a method of microbiology that helps in measurement of the antimicrobial activities while testing the material for the presence of disinfectants. The study evaluates the microbial reduction caused by the disinfectant against selected bacteria or fungi after exposing it for a specific time.

Cleaning and Disinfection Efficacy Studies

The Cleaning and Disinfection Efficacy Studies demonstrate that the cleaners you are using have better and effective results in the cleaning and sanitizing process on the surfaces. Collaborating with our laboratories on a customized designing will provide you with all proofs that the procedures followed are effective in inactivating or removing several types of bacteria, and other microorganisms.

Minimum Inhibitory Concentration Studies

The Minimum Inhibitory Concentration or MIC is the lowest concentration of antimicrobial agent that helps in preventing the growth of bacteria. MICs are used in evaluation of the microbial efficacy or the compounds. This is done after measuring the effect of decreasing concentrations of antibiotic or antiseptic agent over a defined period of inhibition in the growth of microbes.


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