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Alcohol-based handrub: Formulation and production

A comprehensive training package on local production of alcohol-based handrub (ABHR)
Country: Switzerland
Contact Person: Sandrine Von Grunigen


In 2015, given the importance of hand hygiene measure in the Ebola crisis of West-Africa, University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) and Pharm-Ed have developed a comprehensive training package on local production of ABHR (WHO formulation). E-learning lessons, tutorial videos and a training guide will support training of the trainers and the local staff. A set of practical tools will also help the implementation of a quality local production.

Hand hygiene is the most effective measure to prevent the spread of germs and reduce health care-associated infections. Its implementation in health care facilities is a key component of patient safety that requires a multimodal approach. This hand hygiene module present  the WHO strategy and recommendations.

Local production of the alcohol-based handrub is an alternative to commercial products. Although adapted to contexts with limited resources, it is essential to respect the Good Manufacturing Practices to ensure the quality, efficacy and safety of the product.

At the end of the lesson, you will be able to:

  • Set up an alcohol-based handrub production in your facility
  • Describe the various components of the WHO formulations
  • Production of the alcohol-based handrub respecting the Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Carry out a quality control of the solution
  • Ensure the traceability of every batch produced

This training material is in French or English.


Organization   University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG)
Collaboration   Pharm-Ed
Other Website   Training on Hand Hygien



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