Microbial control technologies are the building blocks for a wide range of disinfectants and antimicrobial products. Following the COVID-19 outbreak and emergency measures taken by the governments across the EU, it is key to get essential products to health workers, to help contain the spread of the virus or to treat patients.

Viruses and bacteria are spread not just by hand-to-hand contact but also by hand-to-surface contact. Both hand washing and surface disinfection are therefore critical hygiene methods to reduce the spread of infectious diseases. In health care settings, schools or at home, when there is a risk of infection being passed among colleagues , children and family members, disinfectant hand wash and alcohol-based hand rub formulations are recommended and provide an effective combination of microbial control.

As members of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), it is our main priority to ensure critical supplies can be moved swiftly across the EU, despite border closures. Cefic sent a letter to the European Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen with a number of key suggestions, developed by our logistic experts, to quickly allow easier and faster transport of essential goods throughout Europe.