ASTM E1115 - 11

    Standard Test Method for Evaluation of Surgical Hand Scrub Formulations

    Active Standard ASTM E1115 | Developed by Subcommittee: E35.15

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.05


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    Significance and Use

    The procedure in this test method should be used to evaluate the activity of the test formulation in reducing the bacterial population of the hands immediately after a single use and to determine persistent activity (inhibition of growth) after 6 h. Optionally, measurements of persistent activity after a 3 h period and measurements of cumulative activity may be made after repetitive uses over a five day period.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method is designed to measure the reduction of microbial flora on the skin. It is intended for determining both immediate and persistent (continuing antimicrobial effect) microbial reductions, after single or repetitive treatments, or both. It may also be used to measure cumulative antimicrobial activity after repetitive treatments.

    1.2 A knowledge of microbiological techniques is required for these procedures.

    1.3 Performance of this procedure requires the knowledge of regulations pertaining to the protection of human subjects (21 CFR, Parts 50 and 56)

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.4.1 In this test method, SI units are used for all applications, except for distance, in which case inches are used and SI units follow in parentheses.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    E1054 Test Methods for Evaluation of Inactivators of Antimicrobial Agents

    E2180 Test Method for Determining the Activity of Incorporated Antimicrobial Agent(s) In Polymeric or Hydrophobic Materials


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 11.080.20 (Disinfectants and antiseptics); 71.100.35 (Chemicals for industrial and domestic desinfection purposes)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 51102700(Antiseptics); 47131803(Household disinfectants)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E1115-11

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E1115-11, Standard Test Method for Evaluation of Surgical Hand Scrub Formulations, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2011, www.astm.org

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