F10® efficacy tests

The efficacy of F10®SC

F10®SC is the core disinfectant of the F10® range, and all products in the range have the same core actives as F10®SC. 

F10®SC is proven effective, in independent tests, to be a full spectrum disinfectant, effective against all known types of pathogen. 

It is also proven to be environmentally effective against the protozoal oocysts of cryptosporidium, coccidia and giardia.

Products cannot be tested against every single organism and therefore internationally accepted benchmark-organisms are used:

  • Non-enveloped viruses  - Parvovirus
  • Enveloped viruses – Avian Influenza
  • Gram negative Bacteria – Pseudomonas sp.
  • Gram positive Bacteria – Staphlococcus sp.
  • Yeasts and Moulds – Candida
  • Spores, bacterial Bacillus sp. and fungal Aspergillus niger

Recommended dilution rates for everyday risks are:

  • General disinfection at 1:500 (2ml in 1 litre)
  • High level disinfection against bacteria, fungi and most viruses (including coronavirus) at 1:250 (4ml to 1 litre)
  • For use against the most resistant viruses such as Parvovirus or PBFD at 1:100 (10ml in 1 litre)
  • To combat protozoal oocysts use at 1:100 (10ml in 1 litre)

Microbial Tests Register

Bacteria (gram positive and gram negative (spp))

  • Acinetobacter
  • Campylobacter
  • Chlamydia / Chlamydophila
  • Clostridium
  • Cholera
  • Corynebacterium
  • Citrobacter
  • Enterococcus
  • Enterobacter
  • Escherichia coli
  • Klebsiella
  • Leptospira
  • Listeria
  • MRSA
  • MRSP
  • Mycobacterium
  • Mycoplasma
  • Micrococcus
  • Ornithobacterium
  • Rhinotracheale
  • Pasteurella
  • Proteus vulgaris
  • Pseudomonas
  • Salmonella
  • Staphylococcus
  • Streptococcus

Viruses (enveloped and non-enveloped)

Spores (bacterial and fungal (spp))

Fungi, yeasts and moulds (spp)

Protozoal oocysts (spp)

Other tests

Insecticidal tests and studies

Toxicity tests

Supervised GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) product specific toxicity tests to OPPTS 870.1000

Mode of action

F10® works by disrupting the micro-organism's cell membrane, causing it to rupture and effecting cell death. The cationic detergents are attracted to the anionic surfaces of micro-organisms, bind to the phospholipids in the cell membrane and denature the proteins impairing permeability.


The F10 product range is not tested on animals.  

Health and Hygiene (Pty) Ltd, the manufacturers of the F10 disinfectant and treatment range follows the ECHA guidelines regarding toxicity so as to ensure safety whilst avoiding testing on animals. Currently the ECHA (European Chemical Agency) - the regulating authority for all disinfectants put into the EU and UK markets - requires toxicity to be computed from the data provided by the approved raw material manufacturers. Health and Hygiene (Pty) Ltd, as a formulator, take this data and determine toxicity values by applying an ECHA computation so as to avoid animal testing.