Update on BS EN 13697:2023

With the ever-increasing need for effective disinfection and hygiene practices, it is crucial to stay up-to-date with the latest testing standards for disinfectants and antiseptics.

At Melbec, we hold accreditation to BS EN 13697:2015+A1:2019 test standard for bactericidal and/or fungicidal activity used in food, industrial, domestic and institutional areas, however recently, there has been an updated publication of this standard to BS EN 13697:2023.

Some of the key aspects of the new update to BS EN 13697:2023 are the streamlining of inoculum levels of the bacterial and fungal test organisms used, along with a more precise drying process for the test organisms to ensure a comprehensive evaluation of a product’s effectiveness.

The updated standard also emphasises the evaluation of disinfectant and antiseptic performance under realistic conditions. This means that the testing is conducted in scenarios that replicate real-life usage, taking into account factors such as temperature, organic load (using interfering substances), and contact time. Such an approach ensures that the tested products perform optimally in practical situations, further enhancing their reliability and efficacy. By incorporating a wider spectrum of interfering substance options to include the dairy industry, the updated standard provides a more accurate assessment of a product’s ability to control and eliminate harmful microorganisms across a wider range of environments.

The new update to BS EN 13697:2023 testing standard for disinfectants and antiseptics is expected to have a positive impact on the industry, by providing a wider option for testing, this will ultimately result in the availability of higher quality and more reliable disinfectants and antiseptics in the market.

Moreover, the updated standard will also enhance consumer confidence in these products. By providing a more comprehensive evaluation of their effectiveness, the new testing standard will help users make informed choices when selecting disinfectants and antiseptics for their specific needs. This will lead to improved infection control measures in various settings, including food, industrial, domestic and institutional areas.

Melbec will continue to offer accredited testing for BS EN 13697:2015+A1:2019, in addition to offering testing to the 2023 update for customers as a non-accredited test. Please note that all data obtained from BS EN 13697:2015+A1:2019 testing is still valid, and we are working hard to update our accreditation to offer the 2023 standard, all the validations have been completed and we are awaiting feedback from UKAS.

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