PURELL® Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer

FDA Healthcare Personnel Handwash (HCPHW)

Efficacy Testing Requirements
Developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), this test is the required standard of efficacy established by the FDA. It is used to determine the effectiveness of antimicrobial handwash and hand rub agents designed for frequent use at reducing transient bacterial flora on hands.

The FDA requires that antimicrobial handwash and hand rub agents achieve a 2-log10 reduction at Application 1 and a 3-log10 reduction at Application 10.

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Did You Know

Skin irritation caused by hand hygiene agents is a substantial barrier to compliance.1

Hand hygiene compliance is still less than 60%.2

1. Larson, E. Girard, R. et al (2006). Skin reactions related to hand hygiene and selection of hand hygiene products. American Journal of Infection Control. 34(10) 627-35.

2. Boyce, JM & Pittet, D. (2002). Guideline for hand hygiene in health-care settings. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Review 51(RR 16).

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