Chemical Disinfectants, Antiseptics and Preservatives

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Chapter: Pharmaceutical Microbiology : Chemical Disinfectants, Antiseptics And Preservatives

Disinfectants, antiseptics and preservatives are chemical agents that have the ability to destroy or inhibit the growth of microorganisms. They play a major role in medical and health care but also have widespread use in the management of livestock, the environment, paints and coatings, plastics, pharmaceutical, food and beverage manufacture, textiles, the catering industry and consumer products.


CHEMICAL DISINFECTANTS, ANTISEPTICS AND PRESERVATIVES

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Disinfectants, antiseptics and preservatives are chemical agents that have the ability to destroy or inhibit the growth of microorganisms. They play a major role in medical and health care but also have widespread use in the management of livestock, the environment, paints and coatings, plastics, pharmaceutical, food and beverage manufacture, textiles, the catering industry and consumer products. The term biocide is increasingly used to describe this group of chemical agents and this term is used widely throughout European Union (EU) directives.

 

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