Substandard hand sanitisers detected, BSJ wants samples for testing

The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) and National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA) are encouraging manufacturers, distributors and importers of hand sanitisers to take in a sample of their product for conformity testing.

According to the BSJ, more local manufacturers have now entered the market in response to the demand for hand sanitiser products as a result of the efforts to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  

The BSJ said it has conducted a number of tests of hand sanitiser products on the market and has found that there are several products that have not met the minimum 60 per cent alcohol content requirement.

Hand sanitisers pulled from the market by the NCRA in their market surveillance activities also resulted in a high degree of non-conformity with labelling regulations.

Hand-sanitiser products should contain a minimum of 60 per cent alcohol as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Wellness to be effective in disease prevention.