Workshop Showcases How Antibacterial Products Are Judged Effective

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 15, 2013 – Antibacterial experts and manufacturers of antibacterial soaps are showcasing the latest methods for demonstrating the effectiveness of antibacterial hand soaps and sanitizers in killing disease-causing germs.

  • American Society for Microbiology Hosts Antibacterial Product Testing Workshop
  • Experts Describe How Germ-Killing Effectiveness of Antibacterial Soaps, Sanitizers Can Be Demonstrated

During the 2013 meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) and the Personal Care Products Council are outlining the latest scientific techniques that are being used to evaluate the activity of rinse-off and leave-on antibacterial products used on the skin.

“Manufacturers of antibacterial products take their responsibility for producing safe and effective products very seriously,” said Dr. Francis Kruszewski, Director of Human Health & Safety at the American Cleaning Institute. “We want to show the nation’s leading microbiologists the science behind the methods we use to evaluate the antibacterial effectiveness of hand cleansing products.”

In a session convened by ACI and the Personal Care Products Council, scientists demonstrate:

  • New developments in scientific methods and models used to measure the germ-killing effectiveness of antibacterial products
  • The science of alcohol-based hand rubs
  • Statistical considerations in testing topical antimicrobial products
  • The principles of microbial risk assessment

“The scientific methods we’re showcasing provide the foundation for ensuring the antibacterial benefits of the hand cleaning products being used in homes, hospitals, and food handling establishments every day,” said Dr. John Krowka, Senior Microbiologist at the Personal Care Products Council.

View the summary of the American Society for Microbiology workshop.


The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $30 billion U.S. cleaning products market. ACI members include the formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and oleochemical producers. ACI (www.cleaninginstitute.org) and its members are dedicated to improving health and the quality of life through sustainable cleaning products and practices.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council is the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetic and personal care products industry. Founded in 1894, the Council’s more than 600 member companies manufacture, distribute, and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S. As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day, from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance, personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

Contact: Brian Sansoni (ACI), 202-662-2517 (office) / 202-680-9327 (mobile) or via email at bsansoni@cleaninginstitute.org

Lisa Powers (Council), 202-466-0489 or powersl@personalcarecouncil.org