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Anvisa’s Guidelines on Ultraviolet Light-Emitting Equipment

Anvisa issues a new technical note on ultraviolet light-emitting equipment, with clarifications and proof methodologies regarding its disinfectant effectiveness and the risks it may represent to human health.

Get to know Anvisa’s guidelines, warnings and clarifications on the use of ultraviolet (UV) light equipment validation conditions, labeling and monitoring reports.

You can read the full content in Technical Note 32/2021.

Regularization of ultraviolet light-emitting equipment

Regularização dos equipamentos emissores de luz ultravioleta

Ultraviolet light-emitting equipment destined for disinfecting public environment and surfaces in general, also used for cleaning – mainly intended for Coronavirus, are not products regulated by Anvisa.

The regulatory body, in the interest of human health, highlights the importance of ensuring the efficacy and safety of products by its manufacturing companies.

In this same scenario, UV light-emitting products intended for disinfecting surgical instruments and other materials used for health, fit into risk classification II, according to (RDC) 185/2001, and thus, being the registration of these products with Anvisa mandatory.

The proof of the effectiveness of ultraviolet light-emitting equipment with disinfectant action in public places and surfaces in general, provides proof of effectiveness in a procedure within the responsible technical scope of the agency. Highlighting that improper use may cause serious health risks.

Health risks that UV emitters may cause

According to the Technical Standard 32/2021, ultraviolet light-emitting equipment can cause serious health risks if used incorrectly or without proof of effectiveness.

Direct exposure of the skin and eyes to this type of radiation can cause eye injuries and skin burns.

According to the International Commission on Non-ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), there has recently been an increase in the consumption of UV-C lamps for domestic use in order to inactivate the Coronavirus. This type of product causes overexposure to radiation and for this reason it has been reported.

Thus, Anvisa advises that this type of lamp should not be used either for home use or at any other place, to prevent health damages.

Finally, it is important to emphasize that direct exposure to UV rays cause serious problems to human health, and the products must be used correctly and dealt by professionals who are prepared to provide proper care, ensuring the health and safety of all.

Source: Anvisa

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