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 regarding the 2015 Requirements and Methods in English can be found here

Requirements for the VAH certification and listing of claims for virucidal activity as of 1 September 2023
(PDF Requirements for Virucidal Claims / 24 Seiten)

Ring trials.

In 2024 we offer two ring trials

  1. Ring trial 2024-01, start 6 May 2024: Phase 2/Step 1, bactericidal efficacy against E. hirae, DIN EN 13272:2015 or VAH Method 9 (2019), registration deadline: 22 April 2024
  2. Ring trial 2024-2, start 6 September 2024: Phase 2/Step 2, yeasticidal efficacy against C. albicans, Instrument disinfection (immersion disinfection), DIN EN 14562:2006 or VAH Method 15 (2019). For single bookings: 19 August 2024

All information on the test design and for documenting the results will be sent prior to start of the ring trial.

Please use this form to register for your participation

Price list and registration information for VAH ring trials (as of January 2024)

Agenda of ring trials 2024 – 2026 (PDF)

All final ring trial reports (in English) can be viewed here (see “Ergebnisse und Auswertungen”)

List of published ring trial final reports (as of November 2023) here

For further information on VAH ring trials, please contact Ms Kira Roesch of the Steering Committee at



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