THAILAND SUSPENDS PLAN TO REGULATE HAND SANITIZER AS MEDICAL DEVICE
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Thai FDA announced on March 5, 2020 that they will cancel their plans to begin regulating alcohol gel sanitizers as medical devices. As initially reported in a blog post in March of 2019, the Thai FDA had planned to transition oversight of sanitizer gel with more than 62.4% alcohol from the Bureau of Cosmetic and Hazardous Substances to the Medical Device Department. Their intention was to prevent insufficiently strong sanitizers from being used as disinfectants in places like schools or hospitals but due to the outbreak and longer review times for medical devices, they have decided to indefinitely postpone this transition.
Furthermore, the FDA is actively urging manufacturers and importers to supply consumers with gel sanitizers of over 70% alcohol to help contain the spread of the novel corona-virus.