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What is EN 14476:2012?

EN 14476:2012 is a professional technical standard that outlines requirements and methods for evaluating the virucidal activity of chemical disinfectants used in human medicine and veterinary hygiene. This European Standard provides guidance on the testing and efficacy assessment of disinfectants against viruses, ensuring their effectiveness and safety.

The Scope of EN 14476:2012

EN 14476:2012 covers various classifications of disinfectants, including those used for medical equipment, surfaces, and even air treatment. The standard specifies different test methods to evaluate the virucidal activity of these disinfectants against enveloped and non-enveloped viruses. It also provides information on suitable test strains and the procedures to follow during testing.

Efficacy Testing Methods

EN 14476:2012 includes several efficacy testing methods to assess the effectiveness of disinfectants against viruses. These methods involve determining the reduction rate of viral infectivity using different dilutions of the disinfectant. The tests are carried out under specified conditions, such as contact time and temperature, to ensure accuracy and consistency across different products.

Compliance with EN 14476:2012

Manufacturers of disinfectants need to comply with EN 14476:2012 to demonstrate the efficacy and safety of their products. Compliance involves conducting rigorous testing according to the standard's requirements and providing accurate data about the virucidal activity of the product. Adhering to this standard assures healthcare professionals and end-users that the disinfectants they use meet appropriate quality standards.



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