Department of Agriculture Advice for School Bus operators on Sanitising products

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The Department of Agriculture is the regulator in Ireland for biocidal products – which are chemical substances or micro-organisms intended to destroy or render harmless any harmful organisms and include hand sanitisers, wipes and detergents. The Department has reminded people that only products listed on the Department’s Biocidal Product Register may be  placed on the market in Ireland (https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/press/pressreleases/2020/october/title,154236,en.html).

These products should have a clearly visible PCS or IE-BPA or EU number on the label. Suppliers of biocidal products are legally required to ensure that their products are safe and effective. The Department advises that it has now become clear that there are some products on the market that are not properly registered. Where issues in relation to registration arise, the Department of Agriculture is taking appropriate action, on a precautionary basis. Subject to adherence to the usual safety guidelines in relation to products of this nature, and with the exception of products in the Virapro range, which have already been the subject of a recall, there is no reason to believe that the failure to register a product gives rise of itself  to specific concerns in relation to safety or efficacy.

For this reason the Department of Agriculture is not requiring members of the public to dispose of product already in their possession. People are, however, advised to ensure that future purchases bear one of the numbers referred to above. The Department advises that it is continuing to increase its testing of product on the market to provide reassurance in relation to compliance with approved product specifications.  Suppliers of products that are not correctly registered are being required  to withdraw product from sale until registration is regularised and the product is relabelled. Members of the Public seeking further information have been advised to e-mail the Department of Agriculture at HandSanitisers@agriculture.gov.ie.

You may be aware from media reports that the Department of Education has written to all schools to advise them of changes to the approved list of products on the Education Sector PPE procurement agreement. Following the Department of Agriculture instruction to cease the use of all ViraPro products on Friday 23 October, the Department of Education commenced a review of biocidal products included in the Education Sector PPE procurement agreement. The Department of Education is taking a number of products off the approved list for schools because it has not been possible to satisfactorily confirm their registration status as part of the review. The Department advises that it has no evidence that these products are unsafe.

The products that have been removed from the Department of Education’s procurement schedule are listed below. If you are using any of these products in connection with services provided under the School Transport Scheme or otherwise, you should contact the retailer or supplier and clarify if the products are being withdrawn from sale and if any return arrangements are in place. If you have concerns about individual products, you should contact the Department of Agriculture at the email address above.

WIPES
Biocidal Wipes Products REMOVED from the Education Sector Procurement Agreement

29 October 2020

JBS Group Disinfection Wipes AntiBacterial Park of 48  Alcohol free
Chlorhexidine Wipe pack 25
Reach Group Belux Wipes Pack 72 (12 packs per case)
WorkWear Experts Ltd Cargo White Anti-Bacterial Wipe
IPA 70% Alcohol Wipe
Shaw Scientific Sursol Anti Bacterial wipes
70% IPA Microsafe Cleansing Wipe (Case 1000)
Uniwipe Cleaning & Disinfecting wipes
Charles Hughes Ltd Hand Wipes – Effective against E-Coli, Salmonella, etc
Surface Sanitiser Wipes IW51
Surface Sanitiser Wipes IW50
Hand Sanitiser Wipes WIW40
Surface Sanitiser Wipes WIW50
Aquila Bioscience ABD Device

 

 

HAND SANITISER
Biocidal Hand Sanitiser Products REMOVED from the Education Sector Procurement Agreement

29 October 2020

JBS Group 5 Litre Bulk Fill Hand Sanitiser x 2
Shaw Scientific Sursol ALCOHOL FREE Hand Sanitiser – 100ml
Sursol ALCOHOL FREE Hand Sanitiser – 250ml
Sursol ALCOHOL FREE Hand Sanitiser – 500ml
Sursol ALCOHOL FREE Hand Sanitiser – 1 Litre
Sursol ALCOHOL FREE Hand Sanitiser – 5 Litre
Prosan 70% Alcohol Hand Sanitiser gel – 50ml flip lid
Prosan 70% Alcohol Hand Sanitiser gel – 100ml flip lid
Prosan 70% Alcohol Hand Sanitiser gel – 250ml flip lid
Prosan 70% Alcohol Hand Sanitiser gel – 250ml Pump top
Prosan 70% Alcohol Hand Sanitiser gel – 500ml Pump top
Prosan 70% Alcohol Hand Sanitiser liquid  – 100ml Spray top
Prosan 70% Alcohol Hand Sanitiser liquid – 150ml Spray Top
Prosan 70% Alcohol Hand Sanitiser liquid – 1000ml flip lid
Prosan 70% Alcohol Hand Sanitiser gel – 5LTR Screw Top
Critical Healthcare Alcohol Hand Rub Bottle 60ml
Hand Sanitiser 520 ml

 

 

HAND SANITISER REFILL
Biocidal Hand Sanitiser Refill Products REMOVED the Education Sector Procurement Agreement

29 October 2020

Shaw Scientific Sursol ALCOHOL FREE Hand Sanitiser – 5 Litre
Sursol ALCOHOL FREE Hand Sanitiser – 5 Litre
Prosan 70% Alcohol Hand Sanitiser Gel – 5 litre
Prosan 70% Alcohol Hand Sanitiser Gel – 5 litre
Critical Healthcare Medi9 Hand Foam Refill Pouch

 

 

DETERGENT
Biocidal Detergent Products REMOVED from the Education Sector Procurement Agreement 

29 October 2020

JBS Anti Viral 750ml Disinfectant Spray
Reach Group BIO Chlorine Sanitising Tablets x 200 (1 per case)
CleanSmart Alcohol Free Surface Sanitiser 1 Litre
Shaw Scientific Sursol Surface Spray Products 500ml
Sursol Surface Spray Products 1000ml
Sursol Surface Spray Products 5 L
Workwear Experts Bleach Regular 5 LTR – N00101/1

 

UNCATEGORISED PRODUCTS
Other uncategorised products REMOVED from the Education Sector Procurement Agreement

29 October 2020

Supplier Hand Soap Detergent
Workwear Experts ANTIBACTERIAL PEARLISED HAND SOAP 5 LITRE
Charles Hughes Ltd Insta Clens Hand Soap 5L
Shaw Scientific Prosan Anti Bacterial Hand Soap products 4x 5L

Prosan Anti Bacterial Hand Soap products 40 x 5L

Prosan Anti Bacterial Hand Soap products Pallet 200 x 5L

Nugent Safety Anti Bacterial Hand Soap 5 Ltr
JBS Group Hand Soap Antibacterial Liquid Anti-viral 750 ml Disinfectant spray 750ml
Lennox Bacterial Hand Soap