VAH List.

Your gateway to safe disinfection.

The VAH List for laboratories.


Requirements and Methods for VAH certification of chemical disinfection procedures

VAH publishes a detailed description of laboratory tests and methods for efficacy testing of disinfectants and disinfection processes for hands, skin, surfaces, instruments, and textiles in addition to the specific requirements for VAH certification and listing of disinfectants for all activity spectrums and fields of application.

A short introduction to the current test methods and requirements (2022) is available here

Requirements and methods for VAH certification are continually updated and adapted according to new scientific insights and application formats. Here you may download all relevant documents.

  • The PDF file of the complete methods and requirements as of April 2015.
  • VAH Test Methods 18 and 19 in English (sporicidal efficacy) can be downloaded (Method 18 and Method 19)
  • Recently published VAH communications on methods and requirements in English are compiled here

Updates of the completely revised and updated chapters of the publication Requirements and Methods for VAH-Certification are published below as PDF files and organized according to topic and chapters.
Requirements and Methods for VAH-Certification, continuously updated chapters starting 1 November 2021

Chapters 1 to 4 (Introduction), as of 1 November 2021
Annex on the Requirements for Virucidal Activity, as of 1 November 2021

Ring trials.

Ring trial reports (in English) can be viewed here.
If you like to obtain more information on VAH ring trials, please contact Kira Roesch at

View the current ringtrial agenda 2021–2025 here.

Current ring trial:
R2023-01: Phase 2/Step 1 Quantitative suspension test for the evaluation of bactericidal activity in the medical area under clean conditions. Test organism: S. aureus, Test method DIN EN 13727:2015



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