FDA Consumer Antimicrobial Handwash Proposed Rule: What Does It Mean and Does It Impact Healthcare or Not?
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FDA Consumer Antimicrobial Handwash Proposed Rule: What Does It Mean and Does It Impact Healthcare or Not?

The following whitepaper is designed for healthcare professionals responsible for selecting hand hygiene products in a facility. It is intended to be an objective review of both sides of the discussion regarding antimicrobial soaps for consumer use and why the Proposed Rule has been issued. This topic is relevant for this audience because, as consumers, it is possible that staff may bring concerns to your attention. This informational communication is meant to arm you with background information and to help you bring context to the discussion, should your staff be misinformed about this topic and inquire about products being used in your facility.

  • In December 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rule
  • The FDA is not requiring consumer companies to remove antimicrobial soaps from the consumer market at this time, but is proposing new conditions e, but is proposing to establish new conditionset at this time, but is proposing to establish new conditions
  • Alcohol-based handrubs in any setting are not affected by the Proposed Rule