The COVID-19 has taken the world by storm. Months into the pandemic, the situation continues to get worse as countries aim to get a hold of the situation by practising social distancing and prioritising sanitisation.
While the demand of things like hand sanitisers has exponentially increased, it has provided con-artists to earn huge sums by providing counterfeit products.
A couple of weeks ago, two factories were shut down after they were caught relabelling deodorants and selling them as hand sanitisers.
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This demanded a change and Central Testing Laboratory (CTL) of Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC) both collaborated to develop and produce UAE-made hand sanitiser that meets international standards and guidelines.
This is considered to be first-of-its-kind initiative among Abu Dhabi government entities, which is a testament towards all the people involved in making this happen.
According to the details, the 60ml hand sanitiser was made by the national workforce of the CTL and QCC has already started the free distribution of the product.
The hand sanitiser is being distributed free-of-cost amongst low-income families and workers residing in the Abu Dhabi.
Dr Hilal Al Kaabi, Secretary-General of QCC, said:
In line with the directives of the UAE leadership and the Government of Abu Dhabi, QCC continues its efforts in providing quality infrastructure services in the emirate. In light of the current circumstances with the spread of the new coronavirus, QCC is committed to enabling relevant regulatory bodies through its testing services to verify the safety of food and medication circulated in Abu Dhabi.
Eng. Abdulla Hassan Al Muaini, Executive Director of CTL, said, “Given the importance of the availability of sanitisers among all members of society during the current period to fight the outbreak of the new coronavirus, CTL produced a new hand sanitiser that meets the specifications stated in the latest policy for temporary compounding of certain alcohol-based hand sanitiser products during the public health emergency issued by the US Food and Drug Administration, which is based on World Health Organisation guidelines.’’
‘’The new product which contains 80 per cent alcohol is an antibacterial/antimicrobial hand sanitiser that is made by the national workforce of CTL. Hand sanitiser bottles tested for their safety and efficacy will be distributed free to low-income families and workers in Abu Dhabi,” Al Muaini added.