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What is EN 14476 testing?

EN 14476 testing refers to a standardised ISO procedure to evaluate the virucidal (virus-killing) effectiveness of disinfectants. This test is important for products that claim to be effective against viruses on non-porous surfaces, in suspension, or in other specific conditions. It is widely recognised across Europe and globally for ensuring public health and safety in various environments, including healthcare, domestic, and public spaces.

Why test according to EN 14476?

Testing according to EN 14476 is important for several reasons:

  • Health and Safety Assurance: It verifies the effectiveness of disinfectants against viruses, including enveloped viruses like influenza and coronaviruses, ensuring they are capable of reducing the risk of viral infections.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Products must meet certain standards to be marketed as antiviral or virucidal. This testing helps manufacturers comply with regulations and market their products legally.
  • Consumer Confidence: Products certified as effective through EN 14476 testing provide assurance to consumers and professionals regarding their efficacy, building trust in their use for infection control.

Supporting “efficacy against coronavirus” claim

If a manufacturer wants to make a marketing claim like ‘efficacy against coronavirus’ or “against enveloped viruses” then they need to back up that claim. The EN 14476 test supports these claims. Please contact us to confirm which test is required to support your specific claim.

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About the EN 14476 Test

The test involves broadly the following steps:

  1. Preparation of the Virus and Host Cell Culture: A specific virus and host cell culture are prepared to be used in the test, ensuring the virus’s ability to infect and replicate in the host cells.
  2. Application of the Product: The test product is applied to the virus in controlled conditions. The product may be tested at different concentrations and contact times to evaluate its effectiveness.
  3. Exposure and Neutralization: After exposure to the product for a specified time, the mixture is neutralized to halt the antiviral activity of the product. This step is crucial for accurately assessing the product’s effectiveness within the exposure time.
  4. Assessment of Virucidal Activity: The mixture is then inoculated onto susceptible host cells. After an incubation period, the cells are examined for evidence of viral infection. The level of viral inactivation is determined by comparing the treated virus to a control virus (not exposed to the product).
  5. Evaluation and Validation: The results are evaluated to determine if the product meets the criteria for virucidal efficacy as outlined in EN 14476. The test includes controls to validate the procedure and ensure reliability.

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FAQs about EN 14476

What is the EN 14476 test?

The EN 14476 test is a standardised evaluation method used to determine the virucidal activity of chemical disinfectants and antiseptics.

Why is the EN 14476 test important?

It ensures disinfectants are effective against viruses, providing confidence in reducing the risk of viral infections.

How is the EN 14476 test conducted?

The test measures a product’s ability to inactivate viruses on non-porous surfaces or in suspension under controlled conditions.

Who should perform the EN 14476 test?

Accredited laboratories with virological testing capabilities should conduct the EN 14476 test.

What products can be tested with EN 14476?

A range of antiseptic and disinfectant products, including hand sanitizers and surface disinfectants.

How can I find out if a product is EN 14476 certified?

Look for compliance statements on the product label or request certificates from the manufacturer.

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  • EN 1276
  • EN 13727
  • EN 13624
  • EN 1650
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