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This is one of the most common questions I receive daily. Therefore, in this post, I am going to provide some essential information to help you understand the process.

The entire process is about successfully proving the effect of the disinfectant against bacteria and yeasts.

Let me immediately mention that the effect of the disinfectant against viruses is NOT mandatory, but it can be an additional effect of a disinfectant.

Another important note is that you need to prove each effect with efficacy tests for the intended use. Depending on whether the disinfectant is intended for general and professional use (outside the medical field) or professional use in medicine, different efficacy tests are used.

However, care must be taken to indicate on the label only the effect that has been proven. There are two more pieces of information to keep in mind when it comes to labels: contact time and an indication of whether it is necessary to wash hands before disinfection must be in line with the efficacy tests and consistently stated on the label or instructions for use.

You can read the full notice on the efficacy of biocidal products for disinfection on the website of the Chemicals Office of the Republic of Slovenia. 


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