“In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long term”.
The agency said it is “particularly interested in gathering additional data on the long-term safety of daily, repeated exposure to these ingredients by consumers, and on the use of these products by certain populations, including pregnant women and children, for which topical absorption of the active ingredients may be important”.
Triclosan typically has been used in liquid “antibacterial” soaps, while triclocarban has been used in bar soaps.
If soap and water are not available for washing and a consumer uses hand sanitizer instead, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that it be an alcohol-based sanitizer containing ≥60% alcohol.
Several manufacturers have already began phasing out the use of some of the ingredients, including triclosan and triclocarban.
As the FDA allows for the development and submission of new safety and efficacy data for these ingredients, manufacturers may still market consumer antibacterial washes containing these ingredients.
“We have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water”, said Dr. The FDA says either no additional data were submitted or the data and information that were submitted were not sufficient for the agency to find that these ingredients are generally recognized as safe and effective.
ACI, a trade association for the cleaning products industry, represents antiseptic ingredient and product makers such Dial Corp, a unit of Germany’s Henkel, Ecolab Inc and Steris Corp.
The FDA ban comes more than 40 years after Congress asked the agency to evaluate triclosan and dozens of other antiseptic ingredients.
Say goodbye to those “antibacterial” soaps and dishwashing liquids.
They found it was no more effective, both experiments indicating that there is “no significant difference” between the effects of plain soap and antibacterial soap when used under “real life” conditions, they concluded.
The rule does not affect antibacterial products used in healthcare settings, FDA said in a release, nor does it apply to OTC alcohol handrubs or wipes.
Consequently, companies will no longer be permitted to market or sell these kinds of soaps in the United States, and manufacturers will have one year to change their recipes or yank products off the shelves.