The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) has issued the following statement by Richard Sedlak, executive vice president of technical and international affairs, on newly proposed rules by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) governing consumer hand sanitizer products and ingredients:
"Hand sanitizers are a critical part of healthy hand hygiene routines for millions of consumers every single day. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend using alcohol-based hand sanitizers if soap and water are unavailable.
"On behalf of our members who produce hand sanitizers and their ingredients, the American Cleaning Institute looks forward to providing in-depth comments to FDA on their proposed rules.
"We believe that the FDA has a wealth of data on hand sanitizers in their possession to judge them as generally recognized as safe and effective. However, we will work to provide additional data as necessary to ensure the agency has the most complete, useful, and up-to-date information on these beneficial products.
"Consumers can continue to use hand sanitizer products with confidence as this regulatory process moves forward. We will work to ensure that these products remain available to help people stay clean and healthy in homes, day care centers, restaurants, and offices across the United States."