About a year ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its final rule on the safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps. Within it, the FDA outlined several ingredients that needed to be removed from over-the-counter antiseptic wash products in the U.S. One of the ingredients listed was triclosan, an antibacterial and antifungal agent that was introduced to the healthcare market in the early 1970s. Today, triclosan has made its way into consumer products, such as antibacterial soaps, deodorants, cosmetics and more. In fact, it is in nearly 75 percent of antibacterial soaps. Yet, studies have linked long-term exposure of the agent to certain health and environmental effects. The FDA ultimately decided that there was not sufficient evidence to disprove these risks, and the ban went into effect earlier this month. As of September 2017, Diversey is no longer selling triclosan soaps in North America. Learn more about what this means for our products and our customers.
For several years Diversey R&D and Marketing teams have been working on finding solutions that avoid these compromises. This focused innovation work to remove triclosan as an active ingredient from hand care products while actually improving the antibacterial performance and gentleness to the skin.
Source: Lars Wulff-Nilsen – Diversey