FDA withdraws temporary rules for alcohol-based hand sanitizers

Oct. 13, 2021

At the end of 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will withdraw temporary guidance documents issued in March 2020 that have allowed some new manufacturers to produce hand sanitizers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

“In recent months, the supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizer from traditional suppliers has increased, and now, most consumers and healthcare personnel are no longer having difficulty obtaining these products,” the FDA said.

The FDA said it chose the ending date of Dec. 31, 2021, to allow companies to adjust their manufacturing schedules. After that date, manufacturers will have to follow the FDA’s standard regulatory requirements in order to continue producing hand santizers.

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