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