A “broad spectrum” disinfectant is one that has public health claims for all three of the major classes of organisms:
Bacteria – effective against gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria
Fungi – effective against at least one pathogenic fungus (usually Trichophyton mentagrophytes)
Viruses – effective against pathogenic viruses (at least one enveloped virus, such as
Influenza A or one non-enveloped virus, such as Adenovirus)
If the above criteria are met, a disinfectant can make an unqualified “kills germs” claim on its label.
Our end-use disinfectant registrations are tested in the presence of five percent (5%) organic load and are considered one-step cleaner/disinfectants. Five percent organic load simulates a lightly soiled surface.