May 1, 2020
Concerning the ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of sterilization methods by the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE), the review committee session of experts held its second meeting and decided to start tests using the novel coronavirus disease.
In order to cope with the spread of the novel coronavirus disease and to increase the options for sterilization methods using agents other than alcohol at home and in workplaces, NITE has been implementing sterilization effectiveness evaluations for such methods in response to a request from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (news release on April 15, 2020 ).
Yesterday, April 30, 2020, the review committee held its second meeting and decided to shift the current evaluation stage which is focusing on “surfactant,” “hypochlorous acid solution” and “quaternary ammonium salt” to the test stage using the novel coronavirus disease and also decided to add “sodium percarbonate” as a new target of the evaluation.
As for the results of the test using influenza virus, future approaches to advancing tests, and other information, visit the NITE website via the link below and see the materials of the committee published on the website as well as this press release.
Link to related information
Divisions in Charge
- Information on the review committee:
Sterilization Task Force, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation
- Information on this press release:
Bio-Industry Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group
Office for Crisis Management and Disaster Response, Minister’s Secretariat