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What‌ ‌is‌ ‌USP‌ ‌grade‌ ‌ethanol?

USP‌ ‌grade‌ ‌ethanol, what is it?  There are a handful of ethanol grades each used for specific purposes, and ranked in order of quality. The most important for topical use is United States Pharmacopeia or USP grade. Then comes the Food Chemical Codex, or F.C.C grade to safeguard products for human consumption. Each of these dictates a set of purity standards that allows the use of ethanol in many different ways. Not all ethanol is created equal, and not all kinds of ethanol are suitable for every task1. USP grade ethanol, in its simplest form, is ethanol that has passed purity tests as required by the USP. The United States Pharmacopeia – National Formulary (USP-NF) includes thousands of quality standards...

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FDA‌ ‌Ethanol‌ ‌Guidance‌ ‌for‌ ‌Hand‌ ‌Sanitizer‌ ‌Manufacturing‌

  In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19 disease) pandemic, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) as well as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently released temporary policies regarding taxation, preparation, and distribution of certain alcohol-based hand sanitizers and antiseptic products. To meet the growing demand, these guidance’s allow entities that are not currently licensed, not registered drug manufacturers1, and not regulated by the FDA, to prepare alcohol-based hand sanitizers for public distribution or individual use. The TTB has backed this guidance by providing certain exemptions and authorizations to distilled spirits permittees who wish to produce ethanol-based hand sanitizers2.  When it comes to the use of ethanol in hand sanitizer products, there are several FDA...

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