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What does the FDA's recent ruling on antibacterial products mean?

Consumer safety is of paramount importance to Henkel. We ensure that every ingredient in our products meets all applicable legal and regulatory requirements as well as our own stringent standards of consumer safety.

The U.S. FDA recently issued a final rule on the safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps. This ruling has established that over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients, such as triclosan and triclocarban, can no longer be marketed. The FDA has given one year to remove these actives with further clarification from the FDA to follow.

As a leading innovator in antibacterial technologies, Henkel is focusing our efforts on new active technologies. These new actives deliver the trusted high efficacy performance our products have always had. Henkel has been working closely with the FDA on supporting requirements for the new actives.

All Dial® branded consumer antibacterial liquid and foam hand soaps transitioned to a new active ingredient [,benzethonium chloride,] earlier this year. Therefore, none of these consumer hand soaps are impacted by this ruling. Dial® bar soaps will transition to a new active ingredient [,benzalkonium chloride,] in April 2017, meeting the FDA timeframe. Bar soaps containing triclosan and triclocarban can remain in the market for the period that FDA announced (one year).

Triclosan and triclocarban are still approved for use in Healthcare and in Food Handler antiseptics. The active ingredients are also approved in Canada and in other countries, and they continue to be allowed in cosmetics as preservatives.

Henkel is committed to the health and safety of our consumers and we stand behind the safety and efficacy of our products for our consumers.

For more information regarding this industry topic, please visit the American Cleaning Institute at http://www.cleaninginstitute.org.