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Application Note

Analysis of Hand Sanitizers to Support Label Claims

Introduction

At the height of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers around the world experienced a supply shortage related to alcohol-based hand sanitizer. As new producers entered the market, and existing manufacturers sought to ramp-up production to meet the growing demand, lower grades of ethanol and isopropanol (IPA) started to appear on the market. To ensure the safety and efficacy of hand sanitizer products, it is recommended that manufacturers test their products to ensure appropriate levels of active ingredients, as well as a means of ensuring label-claim accuracy. This application note outlines a fast, robust and accurate GC-FID solution for the quantification of ethanol and IPA in hand sanitizers for label claim purposes.