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ASTM E1174-21

Standard Test Method for Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Healthcare Personnel Handwash Formulations

Standard Test Method for Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Healthcare Personnel Handwash Formulations
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Significance and Use

5.1 The procedure is used to test the antimicrobial effectiveness of handwashing formulations. The test formulations generally are designed for frequent use to reduce the transient bacterial flora on hands. Alcohol-based hand rubs and other leave-on formulations used without the aid of water should be tested using Test Method E2755.


1.1 This test method is designed to determine the effectiveness of antimicrobial handwashing agents for the reduction of transient microbial skin flora when used in a handwashing procedure.2

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

1.3 This test method may be used to evaluate topical antimicrobial handwash formulations.

1.4 Performance of this procedure requires the knowledge of regulations pertaining to the protection of human subjects.3

1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard; except for distance, in which case inches are used and metric units follow in parentheses.

1.6 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.For more specific precautionary statements see 8.2.

1.7 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 11.08
Developed by Subcommittee: E35.15
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.1520/E1174-21
ICS Code: 71.100.40