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Registered Antimicrobial and Disinfectant Products Can Now Make Unqualified "Kills Germs" Claims in Canada?

At the May 18, 2011 bilateral meeting held with Health Canada's Therapeutic Products Directorate (TPD), the Canadian Consumer Specialty Products (CCSPA) was notified that products registered in Canada as antimicrobials or disinfectants can now make unqualified "Kills Germs" claims. In order to make this claim, the product must:

Demonstrate efficacy against the three major classes of microorganisms; and
Be labeled as virucidal, fungicidal and bactericidal.

In addition, TPD requires that efficacy data be proven against the following microorganisms: Salmonella enterica, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomona aeruginosa, poliovirus and Trichophyton mentagrophytes

According to the CCSPA, the TPD will not be issuing a formal public announcement. The change in policy will be reflected in the Frequently Asked Questions document of TPD's website within upcoming months.

CCSPA - Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association

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