The UAE's first locally-made hand sanitiser will be distributed among low-income families and workers to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The sanitiser was developed by the Central Testing Laboratory, which is part of Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council – a government body tasked with regulating standards of exported and locally traded products.
Produced in 60ml bottles, the sanitiser contains 80 per cent alcohol and is both antibacterial and antimicrobial.
"Given the importance of the availability of sanitisers among all members of society, during the current period ... CTL produced a new hand sanitiser," said Abdulla Al Muaini, executive director of the lab.
He said the sanitiser meets the specifications issued by the US Food and Drug Administration, "which is based on World Health Organisation guidelines.''
The product has been tested for safety and efficacy and will be distributed among low-income families and workers in Abu Dhabi, he said.
CTL works with local companies to help improve their products and ensure they meet safety requirements, according to state news agency Wam. The lab also provides testing services for drugs and related pharmaceutical products, including sanitisers.