efficacy (also: antimicrobial activity) / spectrum of activity

Efficacy indicates the microbial range of a disinfectant to kill or inactivate pathogens. It is tested in accordance with the relevant European norms and — depending on the field of application — tested in suspension tests (phase 2/stage 1) or practical tests (phase 2/stage 2), and is expressed in spectra of activity:


Spectrum of activity Active against
bactericidal / bactericidal activity bacteria
sporicidal / sporicidal activity bacterial spores
yeasticidal / yeasticidal activity yeasts
fungicidal / fungicidal activity yeasts and mould spores
tuberculocidal / tuberculocidal activity Mycobacterium tuberculosis
mycobactericidal / mycobactericidal activity mycobacteria
virucidal against enveloped viruses / virucidal activity against enveloped viruses enveloped viruses
limited spectrum of virucidal activity enveloped viruses as well as adenovirus, norovirus and rotavirus
virucidal enveloped and nonenveloped viruses


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