VAH. Simply be safe.
Quality assurance in disinfection.
VAH: Association of Applied Hygiene.
The Association of Applied Hygiene aims to provide safe and easy guidance for the selection and use of chemical disinfectants. It publishes a List of Disinfectants as a reference and it develops and publishes methods for efficacy testing of antiseptics and disinfectants.
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The Association of Applied Hygiene (VAH) was founded on November 11, 2003. Its purpose is to consolidate competence in applied hygiene.
VAH brings together individual experts as well as Scientific Societies and Professional Associations in the areas of hygiene and infection prevention, public health, and infectiology.
VAH promotes a scientific approach while taking into consideration all aspects of practical application in the study and implementation of infection control issues and measures. This includes the elaboration of test protocols and evaluation standards for decontamination, disinfection, antisepsis and sterilization procedures.
In addition, VAH takes a special interest in organizing lectures and meetings for advanced education in the field of applied hygiene.
The European Standard EN 16777:2018 was published in December 2018: Chemical disinfectants and antiseptics - Quantitative non-porous surface test without mechanical action for the evaluation of virucidal activity of chemical disinfectants used in the medical area - Test method and requirements (phase 2, step 2).
• The European Standard EN 17126:2018, quantitative suspension test for the evaluation of sporicidal activity of chemical disinfectants in the medical area – test method and requirements (phase 2, step 1) was published in December of 2018 and is now available for purchase. Also see VAH methods 18 and 19 concerning testing sporicidal activity.
• The European Standard EN 17111:2018 – quantitative carrier test for the evaluation of virucidal activity for instruments used in the medical area (phase 2, step 2) – test methods and requirements has been published.