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Registered Antimicrobial/Disinfectant Product Can Now Make Unqualified “Kills Germs” Claims in Canada
(June 2011)

In Canada, registered antimicrobial and disinfectant products that satisfy efficacy standards against certain microorganisms can use “Kills Germs” claim on products.

The Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association (CCSPA) requested that the Therapeutic Products Directorate (TPD) give consideration to providing guidance on the use of the term “germs” on antimicrobial labels. CCSPA considers the term “germ” to be a public health claim and must be supported by appropriate efficacy data.

CCSPA promotes limiting the use of the term to products which meet specific criteria. Since the germ claim includes bacteria, viruses and/or fungi, CCSPA believes those products containing a disinfectant claim should be allowed to use germ claims. CCSPA will present its proposal to TPD at the May bilateral meeting.

Update: At the bilateral meeting with TPD held on May 18, 2011, CCSPA was notified that products registered as antimicrobials or disinfectants can now make unqualified “Kills Germs” claims. In order to make this claim, the product must demonstrate efficacy against the three major classes of microorganisms and be labeled as virucidal, fungicidal and bactericidal. In addition, TPD requires that efficacy data be proven against the following microorganisms: Salmonella enterica, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomona aeruginosa, poliovirus and Trichophyton mentagrophytes.

TPD will not be issuing a formal public announcement, but the change in policy will be reflected in the Frequently Asked Questions document of TPD’s website within upcoming months.

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