BS EN 13727, a crucial European standard, delineates the methodology for assessing the bactericidal action of antiseptic and disinfectant products in medical settings. This test, which simulates practical conditions, is applicable to a broad spectrum of products, such as those for surface disinfection, hand hygiene, and instrument sterilization.

While the test doesn’t encompass every conceivable situation (like varying temperatures or diverse organic materials), it offers a reliable yardstick to gauge a product’s bactericidal effectiveness in a controlled milieu.

Products abiding by BS EN 13727 have demonstrated their efficacy against a variety of bacteria, ensuring a sanitary and safe healthcare environment. Laboratory tests, where specific bacterial strains are exposed to the antiseptic or disinfectant, assess the product’s bactericidal activity, making this standard crucial for products seeking to validate their safety and effectiveness.

BS EN 13727’s relevance extends into cosmetic product development, particularly for products boasting antibacterial properties or those employed in clinical settings:

Antibacterial Cosmetics:

Cosmetic products claiming antibacterial properties, like specific hand sanitizers or cleansers, could benefit from testing under BS EN 13727, providing scientific substantiation for their claims.

Cosmetics in Clinical Settings:

In clinical environments such as hospitals or nursing homes, it may be crucial for cosmetics (like skincare products) to meet certain bactericidal activity standards to prevent bacterial spread.

Manufacturing Standards:

While the standard doesn’t directly pertain to cosmetic manufacturing, maintaining high sterility levels in production facilities is imperative. Products, particularly those marketed as “antibacterial,” must be formulated and packaged in sterile environments to ensure safety and effectiveness.

Regulatory Compliance:

Demonstrating compliance with standards like BS EN 13727 might be essential for products making certain antibacterial or antiseptic claims, depending on regional regulations.

Product Innovation:

Familiarity with BS EN 13727’s parameters and methodologies could spur innovation in developing new antibacterial cosmetic products.

Take the next steps

To explore how the BS EN 13727 standard can elevate your product’s value, engage with ADSL’s proficient Microbiology, Laboratory Testing, and Formulation Team. Dial +44 (0) 1803 520 048 for more information. Click ‘Get Started’ to book your free video consultation for personalized advice.



  • ADSL news
  • Formulation
  • cosmetic regulations
Can we help you? Get started