What is a BSEN accreditation

BSEN is a European Standard which specifies a test method and the minimum requirements for bactericidal activity of chemical disinfectant and antiseptic products that form a homogeneous, physically stable preparation when diluted with hard water or - in the case of ready-to-use products - with water.

A good cleaning regime in any business is important, having certified products that do what they say has always been important, this year we have seen how a New virus Covid19 can bring The World to a holt With no discrimination.

More stringent risk assessments for high risk areas For eg healthcare and education Sectors, means nothing can be taken to chance, not only is it essential to thoroughly plan what, where and how frequently you will be cleaning in accordance with your new and improved risk assessment – but you will need to assess how powerful the cleaning products you use are using.

The Journal of hospital infection have said that this strain of Coronavirus resembles that of other human coronaviruses, meaning traces of the virus could survive for as long as nine days on surfaces such as metal, glass and plastic.

Using a accreditation product such as BSEN 1276 or BSEN 14476 is an easy way to guarantee that Cleaning products you use are suitable for the job in hand.

What is BS EN 1276 and why is it important?

BS EN 1276 certification means that a cleaning product is antibacterial. It is a European standard used in the hospitality industry and food preparation environments showing effectiveness of chemical disinfectants, to qualify for this standard, a disinfectant must effectively kill 99.999% of bacteria, most specifically MRSA, within 5 minutes of use.

It is heavily recommended to choose products that have this accreditation for efficient cleaning in catering environments, Guidance by Food Standards Agency (FSA).

What is BS EN 14476 and how is it different to EN 1276?

While BS EN 1276 is certified to being bactericidal, in other words prevents the growth and spread of harmful bacteria, BS EN 14476 certification means the cleaning product contains antiviral ingredients and is required to kill viruses including Poliovirus, Norovirus, Influenza A and adenovirus.

Do high street cleaning products meet these standards?

The simple answer is NO. While standard cleaning products may claim to kill 99.9% of germs, BS EN 1276 and BS EN 14476 certification guarantees the chemical you are using will kill up to 99.999% of germs within 5 minutes of use.


As with any cleaning process, a product is only as effective as the time it is left to work on a particular surface, All Products require a CONTACT TIME, under Laboratory conditions accredited Products will have been tested against a wide range of pathogens over 5 minutes, in order to access their kill rates.

Contact time to sanitize of a product sprayed onto a surface to react and have a kill rate is 30 secs, so the next time you clean a surface with a antibacterial product remember spraying the surface and wiping straight off WILL NOT WORK, spray dwell time 30 secs then wipe off.

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