Coronavirus COVID-19

The Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (I&W) have granted several temporary exemptions for the professional use of hand sanitisers (PT01) and a temporary exemption for the use of surface disinfectants (PT02) in the health care sector.

Derogation hand sanitisers

Hand sanitisers according to specified formulations:

These are products that do not require authorization; may be offered to professional users until the end date mentioned in the exemption decision.

  1. Two hand sanitisers manufactured according to WHO formulations; published in Temporary exemption (in Dutch) for hand disinfection WHO formulations COVID-19;  expires 10 September 2020.
    • one based on ethanol 80% (v/v), glycerol 1,45% (v/v), hydrogen peroxide 0,125% (v/v)
    • one based on 2-propanol, glycerol 1,45% (v/v), hydrogen peroxide 0,125% (v/v)
  2. Products bases on a minimum of 70% (v/v) alcohol; specified in Temporary exemption (in Dutch) disinfectants 70% alcohol professional use; expires 9 September 2020.

Expansion authorised hand sanitisers

In addition, there are two exemptions that allow a wider use of authorized hand sanitsers and an exemption that temporarily eases the rules for bringing an authorized disinfectant under the exemptions to the market. These exemptions also only apply to professional users and possibly customers and visitors.

  • 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; expires 27 November 2020
  • 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; expires 9 September 2020
  • Temporary exemption simplified rules for placing disinfectants on the market; expires 9 September 2020

Exemption healthcare

According to Temporary exemption (in Dutch) for disinfectants for surfaces COVID-19 2020 (expires 20 September 2020) all healthcare professionals may use the following disinfectants for surfaces (PT02) against the coronavirus based on active substances:

  • Alcohols,
  • Sodium hypochlorite
  • Sodium dichloroisocyanurate