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Surfactants to Help Removal of Coronavirus from Surfaces (First Announcement)

May 22, 2020

Concerning the ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of disinfection methods by the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE), the review committee session of experts held its third meeting and decided that multiple types of surfactants are effective to remove the novel coronavirus.

In order to cope with the spread of the novel coronavirus disease and to increase the options for disinfection methods using agents other than alcohol at home and in workplaces, NITE has been implementing disinfection 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, May 21, 2020, the review committee session of experts held its third meeting and decided that the following five types of surfactants are effective to remove the novel coronavirus :

METI prepared a poster as a reference for disinfecting household commodities using these types of surfactants. METI hopes that the general public will make use of these.

As for the results of the 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.

※This press release was revised on June 4, 2020 in order to incorporate more accurate language from Japanese to English translation.

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