FDA Bans Antibacterial Hand Soap

Triclosan is now banned from American hand soap. What is EU waiting for?

American FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has now in September banned 19 different antibacterial substances from use in soap and hand wash, among others triclosan and triclocarban. The reason is that the manufacturers have not managed to prove that these substances are neither harmless when used continuously everyday nor more effecient than ordinary soap and water when it comes to reducing the spread of infections and diseases. The ban is effective from September 2017, which gives the manufacturers another year to reformulate or phase out their products. Regarding three other antibacterial substances, benzalkonium chloride, benzethonium chloride and chloroxylenol (PCMX), the cosmetic industry has been granted one additional year to prove the safety and effectiveness of these substances. Since triclosan is both hormone disruptive and most likely contributes to the problem of increased antibiotic resistance, we look forward to see a similar ban from the European Cosmetics Directive.


  1. FDA pressrelease
  2. FDA ruling
  3. The Guardian om varför antibakteriell tvål inte är bra