Compliance with microbial product regulations for both antimicrobial additives and the finished product claims, are key to the legal use of your formulations or finished product.
For antimicrobial or green products the regulatory requirements vary. Government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulate different aspects of the additive use and/or application.
In addition, import/export regulations, such as the European Union REACH initiative and Biocidal Products Directive (BPD) governance, further require very specific compliance for a given product so that it can be legally used or sold within the EU.
Product claims are also based on microbial performance such as antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antialgal, improved hygiene, reduced odor or biodegradation; also require compliance to avoid 'false or misleading' claims by trade governance such as the FTC.
Regulations and Quality Control
Understanding the regulations in testing a material and in bringing the product to market is crucial. It is important at each step of the development process to ensure the product's compliance with the relevant authorities. Given the complexity of the global supply chain, lean production scheduling and evolving industrial standards its important to know what to test for and when.