Australia Relaxes Hand Sanitizer Regulations to Boost Supply

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has temporarily excluded specific hand sanitizer formulations from the usual regulatory obligations for therapeutic goods in an effort to address market shortages. For the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, hand sanitizer may be produced by following the formulation, production, testing, record-keeping, and labelling requirements outlined in the Therapeutic Goods […]

EU Classifies SARS-CoV-2 as Risk Group 3 Biological Agent

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and the Commission have agreed to classify SARS-CoV-2 as a risk 3 biological agent. This classification comes with objection,  primarily from the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) because they believe that the virus should be classified in the highest risk group, risk group 4, to ensure the maximum […]

Hand Sanitizer Recall in Canada

Health Canada has recalled multiple hand sanitizers which contain industrial-grade ethanol.  The list of recalled products can be found here. Industrial-grade ethanol is not authorized for use in the manufacture of hand sanitizers because it contains impurities and chemicals that may not be approved for safe use.  Frequent use of these products can cause dry, […]

Annex VIII to CLP – European poison centre notification updates

Annex VIII of CLP (Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures) on the harmonization of information relating to emergency response, was adopted in March 2017 in an effort to harmonize the information requirements under article 45 of CLP. According to Article 45 of CLP, member states are required […]

Canada Interim Policy for Workplace Cleaning Products

Amidst the COVID pandemic, there has been an increased demand for cleaning products regulated under the Hazardous Products Act (HPA), Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) and if applicable, the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act (HMIRA). In response, Health Canada has put into effect an interim policy in order to assist in the sales and importation of […]