More hand sanitisers and disinfectants for surfases allowed for professional use against coronavirus
Update march 31, 2020: list with all disinfectants for surfase (PT02) for professional use only
On 16 March 2020, the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (I&W) decided to grant a temporary exemption for the professional use (in health care) of certain products that do not have a virus claim, so they can be used against the coronavirus. These are authorised products containing at least 70% alcohols (ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol), 0.1% sodium hypochlorite (as active chlorine) or 0.5% hydrogen peroxide.
The ministries are taking these and other measures to prevent the imminent shortage of disinfectants at health care institutions. The Ministry of I&W issued an exemption on 19 March for the production and marketing of two hand sanitisers based on WHO formulations for professional users throughout the medical sector (including cleaning staff in hospitals and facilities of general practitioners); see the Temporary exemption for hand disinfection WHO formulations COVID-19.
Hand sanitisers (product type PT01) that are authorised in the Netherlands can be found in the authorisations database of the Ctgb. Some of these products have a virus claim and can therefore already be used against the coronavirus according to the Legal Conditions for Use. Products that do not have a virus claim, but do comply with the aforementioned formulations, may now also be used temporarily against the coronavirus (restricted to professional users in the health care setting).
Private individuals should continue to follow the RIVM recommendations and wash their hands frequently and thoroughly. In that case, disinfection is unnecessary.
Professional users in the healthcare may use the following hand sanitisers against the coronavirus:
- Authorised hand sanitisers for professional use that have a virus claim and may be used according to the Legal Conditions for Use and the Directions for Use; see list 1 (in Dutch) of the hand sanitisers for professional use.
- Authorised hand sanitisers for professional use that do not have a virus claim may still be used against the coronavirus on clean hands by rubbing the hands with the fluid product for at least 60 seconds; see list 2 (in Dutch) of the hand sanitisers for professional use.
- Two hand sanitisers manufactured according to WHO formulations; one product based on ethanol and one based on 2-propanol (isopropyl alcohol). Both products are intended for use by professional health care providers;
see the Temporary exemption (in Dutch) for hand disinfection WHO formulations COVID-19; dated 19 March 2020
- Non-authorised hand sanitisers manufactured by pharmacies in accordance with the instructions (in English) in the Hand sanitisers for professional use memorandum from the Laboratory of Dutch Pharmacists (LNA) of the Royal Dutch Pharmacists Association (KNMP);
see the Temporary exemption (in Dutch) for hand disinfection for pharmacies COVID-19 2020 dated 24 March 2020.
Professional users in the healthcare may also use authorised disinfectants for surfaces (PT02) based on the following active substances against the coronavirus:
- Sodium hypochlorite
- Sodium dichloroisocyanurate
See Temporary exemption (in Dutch) for disinfectants for surfaces COVID-19 2020.
See the list with all disinfectants for surfase (PT02) for professional use only.