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Overcoming the Regulatory Hurdles for the Production of Hand Sanitizer for Public Health Protection: The UK and US Academic Perspective

Authors
  • Dicken, Rachel D.1
  • Gallagher, Timothy2
  • Perks, Simon3
  • 1 Northwestern University, United States , (United States)
  • 2 University of Bristol, United Kingdom , (United Kingdom)
  • 3 www.simonperks.com, United Kingdom , (United Kingdom)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Chemical Health & Safety
Publisher
American Chemical Society
Publication Date
Jul 14, 2020
Volume
27
Issue
4
Pages
209–213
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chas.0c00065
PMCID: PMC7370308
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an acute shortage of hand sanitizer, which is crucial to keeping people safe and to preventing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, universities across the world have used their expertise to help to meet urgent demand from public bodies and the emergency services for supplies of safe and effective sanitizer. We explore here the experience of the University of Bristol, UK, in negotiating the regulatory demands and logistical challenges facing its own sanitizer production efforts. We also reflect on the different regulatory situation for US colleagues pursuing similar activities, and we share our advice for other universities wishing to follow a similar path.

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