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ASTM Standard addresses evaluation of hand sanitizers.

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October 6, 2010 - Developed by task group within Subcommittee E35.15 on Antimicrobial Agents, ASTM E2755 will be used to evaluate antibacterial activity of hand sanitizers on hands of human subjects. Until recently, hand sanitizers have been evaluated using ASTM standard ASTM E1174, Test Method for Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Health Care Personnel Handwash Formulations. Test method of ASTM E2755 is simpler to perform than ASTM E1174 and more accurately reflects typical use pattern for hand sanitizers.

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

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New ASTM Standard Addresses Evaluation of Hand Sanitizers

Press release date: September 30, 2010

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., - A new standard developed specifically for the evaluation of hand sanitizers has been approved by ASTM International Committee E35 on Pesticides and Alternative Control Agents. The new standard, ASTM E2755, Test Method for Determining the Bacteria-Eliminating Effectiveness of Hand Sanitizer Formulations Using Hands of Adults, was developed by a task group within Subcommittee E35.15 on Antimicrobial Agents. David Macinga, microbiology principal scientist, GOJO Industries Inc., and an E35 member, says that ASTM E2755 will be used to evaluate the antibacterial activity of hand sanitizers on the hands of human subjects. Until recently, hand sanitizers have been evaluated using ASTM standard ASTM E1174, Test Method for Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Health Care Personnel Handwash Formulations. "The test method is useful in that it more accurately reflects the typical use pattern for hand sanitizers and is simpler to perform than ASTM E1174," says Macinga. "It also produces results that are more reflective of the real world efficacy of these products." Macinga says that ASTM E2755 will be used by companies developing and/or marketing hand sanitizers as well as academic and clinical researchers interested in topical antiseptics. To purchase ASTM standards, visit www.astm.org and search by the standard designation number, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (phone: 610-832-9585; service@astm.org). ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN. ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions. ASTM Committee E35 Next Meeting: April 11-14, 2011, April Committee Week, Anaheim, Calif.
Technical Contact: David Macinga, GOJO Industries Inc., Akron, Ohio, Phone: 330-255-6292; macingad@gojo.com

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