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Guidelines relating to the production of hand and other sanitisers

Sanitisers play an important role in preventing the transmission of the novel Coronavirus and ultimately, the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

As businesses are permitted to re open in accordance with provisions of each stage of the national lockdown, employers are required to adhere to strict health and safety measures in the workplace. These include the sanitisation of work surfaces and shared equipment and the provision of sanitiser or proper handwashing facilities for employees.

Most buildings, retail spaces and offices require hands to be sanitised on entering, and therefore the supply of properly regulated sanitising products is imperative.

This site lists only suppliers whose sanitiser products are locally made according to industry standards.

In South Africa sanitisers and disinfectants are regulated by five different Acts as well as the Regulations and/or Standards that fall under them:

  • The Medicines and Related Substances Act 101of 1965 as amended (MRS Act);
  • The Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act 54 of 1972 as amended (FCD Act);
  • The Standards Act, Act 8 of 2008 (Standards Act);
  • The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Act 5 of 2008 (NRCS Act); and
  • The Legal Metrology Act 9 of 2014.

Suppliers who wish to list their products here must ensure that their products comply with the relevant legislation.

All sanitisers, regardless of the usage and risk area, must be assessed in terms of the NRCS Act and the Legal Metrology Act. The standards that are applicable are: SANS 490:2013 that deals with “Disinfectant alcohol-based handrubs” and the most recent version of SANS 289 which deals with the labelling and general requirements of the product.

According to SANS 490, the following information should be found on the label:

  • The registration number and full address of manufacturer/producer.
  • A statement that it is a disinfectant alcohol or non- alcohol based rub.
  • The type of sanitiser (liquid or gel), type of alcohol and percentage of alcohol; the mass if in gel form or the volume if in liquid form.
  • Expiry information (if applicable)
  • Instructions for use as well as any mandatory warnings.

In order to qualify to list on this portal, suppliers must further confirm that their products are manufactured in the Republic of South Africa.