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Hand sanitisers and disinfectants

The Pesticide Registration and Control Division (PRCD) of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) is the competent authority for biocides in Ireland. More information on Biocides can be found on our website: https://www.pcs.agriculture.gov.ie/biocides/ .

Human hygiene biocidal products (PT 1) such as hand sanitisers and other disinfectants are considered biocidal products and MUST by law be registered with DAFM and listed on its biocide product register prior to being made available on the market and used in Ireland.

Please make sure that all sanitisers and disinfectants carry a PCS 9xxxx, PCS 1xxxxx, IE/BPA 7xxxx or an EU-000xxx-xx registration number on the label. Each product registered by DAFM will carry a unique registration number specific to that particular product. If the product label does not contain any of these number formats you should not purchase or use the product. You can check the registers of products online at http://www.pcs.agriculture.gov.ie/registers/biocidalproductregisters/

Many Government Departments and Education facilities are making arrangements for return to work/school. It should be noted that to date DAFM has not approved any biocidal products for use for the control of Covid-19 via fogging/misting/atomisation/aerosol devices. More information can be found at

https://www.pcs.agriculture.gov.ie/biocides/biocidalproducts/disinfectantsandsanitisers/foggingmistingapplicationofdisinfectantproducts/

If you have any further queries, please email us at biocide-enforcement@agriculture.gov.ie