Standards for antiseptics and disinfectants

  • Our disinfectant efficacy tests are carried out mainly in accordance with the methods spelled out in standards published by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). Tests can be performed in COFRAC-accredited conditions if certain conditions are met.


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  • European tests defined by CEN Technical Committee 216 (CEN/TC 216) are organized in three phases:


    • Phase 1: Basic standards
      These standards describe distilled water suspension tests to assess basic functions.

    • Phase 2: Application standards
      These standards simulate anticipated practical conditions for the product’s use. Concerned fields are domestic use, industry, and human and veterinary medicine.
      Phase 2, step 1: Suspension tests with interfering substances
      Phase 2, step 2: Tests on surfaces (germ carriers)

    • Phase 3: Practical conditions standards
      These standards will be developed in the future.
  • IRM can perform CEN tests for virucidal activity in COFRAC-accredited conditions:


    • Standard NF EN 14476 for chemical disinfectants used in human medicine
      Test on poliovirus type 1, adenovirus type 5, murine norovirus and vaccinia virus
    • Standard NF EN 14675 for chemical disinfectants used in the veterinary field
      Test on bovine enterovirus type 1 – ECBO
    • Standard NF EN 13610 for virucidal activity against bacteriophages

    We also perform tests on a wide range of supplementary viruses in accordance with the methods of European standards:

    H1N1 human influenza virus
    Herpes simplex virus type 1
    Model viruses for hepatitis B and C (PRV and BVDV)
    Simian rotavirus
    Parainfluenza virus type 3

    Parvovirus (porcine, murine, etc.)
    Talfan teschovirus
    Canine adenovirus type 1
    Myxoma virus

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