American Cleaning Institute Response – Proposed FDA Rule on Consumer Hand Sanitizers

Cleaning Institute
(ACI) issued the following statement by Richard
Sedlak, Executive Vice President, Technical & International Affairs, on
newly proposed rules by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
governing consumer hand sanitizer products and ingredients:

“Hand sanitizers are a critical part of healthy hand hygiene routines
for millions of consumers every single day. In fact, the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) recommend using
alcohol-based hand sanitizers if soap and water are unavailable.

“On behalf of our members who produce hand sanitizers and their
ingredients, the American Cleaning Institute looks forward to providing
in-depth comments to FDA on their proposed rules.

“We believe that the FDA has a wealth of data on hand sanitizers in
their possession to judge them as generally recognized as safe and
effective. However, we will work to provide additional data as necessary
to ensure the agency has the most complete, useful, and up-to-date
information on these beneficial products.

“Consumers can continue to use hand sanitizer products with confidence
as this regulatory process moves forward. We will work to ensure that
these products remain available to help people stay clean and healthy in
homes, day care centers, restaurants, and offices across the United

The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) is the
Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents
the $30 billion U.S. cleaning products market. ACI members include the
formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in
household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies
that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and
oleochemical producers. ACI (
and its members are dedicated to improving health and the quality of
life through sustainable cleaning products and practices.


American Cleaning Institute
Brian Sansoni, 202-662-2517