This report describes an enforcement project where the Swedish Chemicals Agency has inspected companies that sold hand and surface disinfectants on the Swedish market during the year 2020. The report is aimed at companies, authorities and consumers.
Due to the pandemic outbreak in 2020, an urgent demand for disinfectants arised. This led to an increase in the number of new manufacturers, importers and products on the market. The Swedish Chemicals Agency received a high increase in complaints about suspected non compliances in disinfectants. Although it was important to increase the availability of disinfectants on the Swedish market, it was just as important to ensure that available products were safe to use with respect to health risks and efficacy. In addition, they should comply with current legislation.
In this project we controlled the content in disinfectants as well as labelling. We controlled a total of 85 hand and surface disinfectants and from 72 companies. On 51 of the products a chemical analysis was performed.
39 percent of the controlled companies had non-compliances in their products that led to either environmental sanction charges or that a notice of suspected crime was sent to prosecutor.