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FDA Releases Guideline for Ruling on Antiseptic Washes (August 2017)

In September 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a ruling regarding the use of 19 active ingredients, including triclosan and triclocarban, not generally recognized as safe and effective (GRASE) in over the counter (OTC) antiseptic wash products. This ruling was part of a continued evaluation of ingredient safety in consumer products such as hand and body soaps.

FDA recently reexamined the mandatory data needed from manufacturers when classifying antiseptic washes and released a new guidance document to aid small businesses in compliance. This new rule will affect many personal care companies that produce hand and body washes. Products containing the listed active ingredients will need to be reformulated and have their labels amended.

More information on the new ruling and list of ingredients can be found here.

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