The Finnish chemicals agency calls for information on possible substitutes to Ethylene Oxide

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Ethylene oxide is a biocidal active ingredient intended for the sterilization of disposable medical devices during their manufacturing process. Ethylene oxide is used when sterilization by other means is not possible.

Ethylene oxide is classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic for reproduction and thus fulfills the criteria for non-acceptance of the Biocides Regulation .

Is it possible to replace ethylene oxide with other substances or methods? Comment on the ECHA website by 8.6.2020.

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