Triclosan

CHPA affirms Triclosan and the over-the-counter (OTC) products that contain it have been regulated by government agencies around the world for decades, confirming its safety and efficacy.

Triclosan is found in a wide variety of personal care and household products, including antibacterial hand washes, dental care products, deodorants, cosmetics, and first aid products, and has been used safely as an antimicrobial ingredient for more than 40 years. Millions of consumers use triclosan-containing products safely and effectively as part of their daily hygiene routines in homes, hospitals, doctors' offices, day care centers, nursing homes, and office and institutional settings. 

Depending on its intended use as an OTC drug product or cosmetic, triclosan is regulated in a number of different ways. OTC drug products containing triclosan are regulated for safety and efficacy either under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) monograph system (for antibacterial hand wash products) or as an approved new drug application. 

A number of scientific, transparent, and risk-based analyses (see Reregistration Eligibility Decision for Triclosan, US Environmental Protection Agency, September 2008; and Preliminary Assessment – Triclosan, Health Canada and Environment Canada, March 2012) have confirmed the safety of triclosan for its intended uses. Moreover, the use of antibacterial wash products in the home setting does not contribute to antibiotic resistance (see Cole et al., 2011 Int J of Microbiology Research and Lambert, 2004 J Appl Microbiology). FDA is currently reviewing the safety and efficacy of triclosan and is expected to issue rulemaking in the near future.

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