Approved Hard Surface Disinfectants and Hand Sanitizers 

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What we are doing

The health and safety of all Canadians is our priority. Our response to COVID-19 includes:

Hard surface disinfectants

Health Canada is working with disinfectant manufacturers and industry associations to better inform Canadians of the products available for use to help against the spread of infections during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses. This means they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill. It is important to:

Health Canada has published a list of hard surface disinfectants that are likely to be effective for use against coronavirus (COVID-19).

Although they do not claim to kill viruses such as COVID-19, cleaners can play a role in helping limit the transfer of microorganisms. For high-touch surfaces such as door handles, toys and phones, Health Canada recommends cleaning these often with either:

Hygiene and hand sanitizers

Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:

Health Canada has published a list of hand sanitizers that are authorized for sale in Canada.

Never attempt to make hand sanitizer at home using alcohol intended for consumption. Doing so could be unsafe and will produce an ineffective product.

Interim measures to address shortages

In light of the unprecedented demand and urgent need for disinfectants and hand sanitizers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Canada is taking action through interim measures to increase supplies. Typically, all products and sites require authorization from Health Canada, but flexibilities are being introduced in order to meet a public health need.

Interim measures include:

For more information on interim measures, please contact us as follows:

For manufacturers and distributors

Manufacturers and distributors of authorized hard surface disinfectants with approved anti-virus claims as described below are allowed to make indirect efficacy claims for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Authorized disinfectants are either:

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You can contact Health Canada's Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate at

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