Standard for Disinfectants and Sterilants - Australian Government


You may be required to comply with this standard if you intend to manufacture disinfectants and sterilants.

The standard details the requirements for the packaging, labelling, composition and performance of disinfectants and sterilants. The requirements are considered to be the minimum information that should appear on the label of a disinfectant or sterilant to ensure its safe use and to enable it to be traced to the sponsor and to a particular cycle of manufacture if the need arises. It applies to all disinfectants, sterilisers, sanitisers and sanitary preparations except:

  • sterilant gases
  • antiseptics and skin disinfect
  • antsantibiotics
  • a disinfectant that is represented to be suitable for antifungal use only
  • a disinfectant or sanitiser registered under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 for which no claim or representation for disinfectant use is made other than a use which is registered for the disinfectant
  • a disinfectant or sanitiser that is represented to be suitable for the treatment of water only
  • contact lens care products.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Health

Therapeutic Goods Administration

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Information Officer

Therapeutic Goods Administration

Department of Health

Operating address: 136 Narrabundah Lane
Symonston, Australian Capital Territory 2609
Phone: 02 6232 8644
Fax: 02 6203 1605
Website: Therapeutic Goods Administration (Opens in new window)