The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is seeking feedback on ISO’s proposal for the development of a new standards committee on Surfaces with biocidal and microbial properties. All responses submitted to SCC will serve to generate a Canadian position on the proposal.
Purpose and justification for new field of activity
A biocidal product or biocide is defined as a chemical substance or microorgansim which is intended to destroy, control or prevent the effects of harmful organisms or bacteria. A surface with microbial properties is described to be relating to or characteristic of a microorganism, especially a bacterium causing disease or fermentation.
The proposed work programme is the following
- Standards to evaluate the basic activity of the surfaces and to differentiate the biocidal from the biostatic activity
- Standards or technical specifications to evaluate the activity of the surfaces in different areas, their related conditions of use and performance retention ability
- Guidance documents for performing day-to-day hygiene with biocidal surfaces
Scope of proposed technical activity
Standardization of test methods used to assess the biocidal performance and efficacy of any surfaces with antimicrobial activities, including their compatibility with different families of disinfectants and cleaning agents. Such methods aim at evaluating the biocidal activity (i.e. that which irreversibly inactivates microorganism) and at differentiating it from the biostatic activity (i.e. the inhibition of the growth of microorganisms).
The field covers the assessment of surfaces displaying intrinsic biocidal properties and of surfaces processed by any means to deliver biocidal properties.
Areas of interest include medical and veterinary applications, aerospace, agriculture, food hygiene and other industrial fields, institutional and domestic applications.
SCC values your feedback on this proposal. Stakeholders are invited to consider whether or not they agree with the proposal by completing a brief stakeholder feedback form.
Deadline for survey submission
December 6, 2019
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