Hand desinfection

Hand-Sanitizer Production Quality Control

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Due to the outbreak of "Coronavirus Disease 2019" (COVID-19) there has been a rapid increase in demand for hand disinfectants. Therefore, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as regulatory authorities of other countries have issued a license for the temporary compounding of certain alcohol-based hand sanitizer products by pharmacists in licensed pharmacies or federal and registered outsourcing facilities.

Two different formulations are involved in this temporary licensing. One is based on ethyl alcohol (80% v/v) and the other is based on isopropanol (IPA, 75 % v/v).[1] They may also contain glycerol (1.45% v/v), hydrogen peroxide (0.125 % v/v) as well as sterile distilled or boiled cold water.

In order for an alcohol-based disinfectant to be effective, the alcohol content must be at least 60 %.[1] Other concentrations will have limited or even harmful effects. Thus, quality control of such formulations needs to precisely determine the alcohol concentration and ensure the overall composition of the final product.

Bruker Optics is proud to support the industry's need for a fast and easy quality control method by providing state-of-the-art infrared spectrometers, ensuring the effectiveness of those disinfectants we've come to use every day and therefore meeting the increasing global demand. Our spectrometers are characterized by performance and ease of use, allowing even untrained personnel to obtain meaningful analytical results within minutes.