DPHSS repeals guidance memo as FDA withdraws policy for hand sanitizers

Hand sanitizer (FDA photo)

Effective December 31, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) intends to withdraw its guidance originally issued in March 2020, which outlined the temporary policies for manufacturers that were not drug manufacturers who were producing certain alcohol-based hand sanitizer and alcohol for use in hand sanitizers during the public health emergency.

In taking a similar approach as the FDA, the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) will be repealing DPHSS Memorandum 2020-13 regarding Temporary Policy for Consumer Antiseptic Rubs During COVID-19 Emergency, which will also be effective December 31, 2021.

Antiseptic rubs manufactured before or on December 31, 2021, and produced under the temporary policy, must no longer be sold to wholesalers or retailers by March 31, 2022.

However, retailers may continue to sell their remaining stock of alcohol-based hand sanitizer produced under the temporary guidance after April 1, 2022. All antiseptic rubs imported into Guam for sale and distribution after March 31, 2022, must comply with local and federal laws.

Businesses are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure that their products are in full compliance with both Title 10 Guam Code Annotated, Chapter 40, Guam Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and Title 21 United States Code, Chapter 9, Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act.

For more information or inquiries, contact the Division of Environmental Health’s Consumer Commodities Program at 671-300-9578/9 or email dphss-deh@dphss.guam.gov.