COVID-19 pandemic: Emergency use authorization of disinfectants

June 24, 2020

Disinfectants play an important role in preventing infectious diseases. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an increased need of disinfectants with at least "limited virucidal" activity, i.e. substances that are effective against enveloped viruses such as SARS-CoV-2. Disinfectants are biocidal products and the quantity of biocidal products authorized in the EU until March 2020 turned out to be insufficient.