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             SA brand Sanitouch




            gets European Union seal of approval






                            South African manufacturer Infection Protection Products’
                                Sanitouch brand has passed the necessary European
                           Standard tests proving its efficacy against the Covid-19 virus.








                     n internationally UKAS   result of a countrywide shortage of   centre, providing consumers
                     accredited testing      alcohol during the early months of   with an even greater level of
                     laboratory performed    the pandemic, Infection Protection   confidence,” she concludes.
                     the testing on          Products prioritised the limited
          ASanitouch’s products              available alcohol to produce pre-  About Infection Protection
          including their pre-saturated wipe   saturated wipes for medical facilities   Products
          range of trolley wipes, hand and   and retailers for use as trolley wipes.   Infection Protection Products
          surface sanitiser range, medical                                      is a 30-year old proudly South
          products and alcohol free products,   As demand for sanitisers and    African manufacturing business
          all of which passed the Coronavirus   disinfectant wipes increased, so too   with significant experience
          EU 14476 tests.                    have a number of new manufactures   and expertise in the hygiene
                                             emerged, most of whom claim        market. Its Sani-touch range of
          The European Standard applies      World Health Organisation (WHO)    high-quality sanitising products
          to products that are typically used   formula compliance or SABS      are supplied to retailers,
          in the medical environment and     approval. These claims are often not   manufacturing facilities, factories,
          includes all hygienic hand rubs    substantiated and very few have the   schools, clinics and hospitals.
          and hand sanitisers, hygienic hand   required accreditations.
          wash, and surface disinfection by                                     The Sani-touch range includes
          wiping or spraying. This approval   The majority do not have NRCS     Saniwipes, the first trolley and
          is positive news for South African   registration numbers required by   hand sanitising wipes consumers
          consumers, particularly those      South African law for detergent    have come to depend on in retail
          who know and trust the Saniwipe    and detergent disinfectants, nor   stores around the country. The
          trolley wipe.                      do they comply with basic labelling   company’s Medi-touch product
                                             requirements.                      range of medical grade wipes
          Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic                                        and sanitisers are supplied to
          Sanispray and Medigiene were the   “The problem is that consumers are   the healthcare industry including
          only two certified hand sanitisers   being hoodwinked into a false sense   hospitals, clinics, emergency and
          in South Africa which carried the   of security, believing they are being   blood services.
          SABS 490 (the specific mark for    sprayed with a reputable sanitising
          alcohol-based sanitisers) and      fluid when that may not actually   All products are manufactured
          SABS 1853 (a sanitiser formulation   be the case,” explains Infection   in an ISO accredited facility
          approved for use in food areas)    Protection Products marketing      to optimum quality standards,
          mark. SABS mark certification      director, Annette Devenish.        products are registered with the
          requires surveillance audits at the                                   National Regulator for Compulsory
          manufacturing facilities twice a year.   “We are delighted that the Sanitouch   Specifications (NRCS) and many
                                             products have received this latest   of them have SABS approval. The
          Many sanitisers claim compliance   confirmation of their efficacy     company holds a medical device
          to these marks but are in fact not   against the Covid-19 virus from an   manufacturing and distribution
          certified SABS mark holders. As a   internationally accredited testing   license.
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