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OECD Guidance Document on Quantitative Methods for Evaluating the Activity of Microbicides used on Hard Non-Porous Surfaces

 

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The OECD Biocides Programme and Test Guidelines Programme have been working together for several years to develop test methods for assessing the efficacy of biocidal products.

A Guidance Document on microbicides* efficacy testing was issued in June 2013 and published in the series on Biocides (document No. 6) and series on Testing and Assessment (document No. 187). It describes quantitative methods for evaluating the activity of microbicides used on hard non-porous surfaces. Efficacy data are part of the regulatory requirements that manufacturers/ applicants have to comply with concerning the authorisation and the placing on the market of their biocidal products.

The Guidance Document is partitioned into four sections based on the microbial agent:

 

  • A    Quantitative method for evaluating bactericidal activity of microbicides used on hard non-porous surfaces

  • B     Quantitative method for evaluating mycobactericidal activity of microbicides used on hard non-porous surfaces

  • C     Quantitative method for evaluating fungicidal activity of microbicides used on hard non-porous surfaces

  • D    Quantitative method for evaluating virucidal activity of microbicides used on hard non-porous surfaces

 

The Guidance Document will be improved in light of the experience gained. In this regard, the OECD member countries are encouraged to use the test methods described into this Guidance Document. The Secretariat will survey the member countries in order to get feedback on the performance of the method and technical recommendations designed to improve the procedures.  For this purpose, a Questionnaire will be made publicly available within one or two years.

 

This guidance on microbicides efficacy testing was developed by an ad hoc Group of Experts under the auspices of the OECD Task Force on Biocides and approved by the OECD Working Group of the National Co-ordinators of the Test Guidelines Programme (WNT), representing regulatory authorities. It is published in both OECD series on Biocides and Testing and Assessment. The publications in these series are part of the OECD work on chemical safety.

 

*Other names: Antimicrobials, Disinfectants

 

 

 

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