Defra approved disinfectant: when and how to use it
Find out when you must use a Defra approved disinfectant, which product to use, and in what concentration.
Disinfectant use for notifiable diseases
The list of Defra approved disinfectants will show you which product to use, and the concentration of the disinfectant you must use. Some products can be used at different concentrations for different diseases.
Disinfectant use for routine cleaning and disinfecting
You must also use Defra approved disinfectants at the dilution rate shown on the general order list when doing routine cleaning and disinfecting:
- livestock transport vehicles
- animal gathering areas (markets and fairs)
- abattoir vehicles and animal holding areas as part of the regular cleaning routine
Disinfectant use for kennels, catteries and vets surgeries
There is no legal need to use a Defra approved disinfectant if you run a vets surgery, kennel or cattery, unless there is an outbreak of a notifiable animal disease.
Laws on disinfectant use
The relevant laws on disinfectant use are called disease orders. There are 4 specific disease orders for the following diseases:
- Diseases of Poultry (England) Order 2003 (in Scotland and in Wales) and Avian Influenza and Influenza of Avian Origin in Mammals (England) (No 2) Order 2006 (in Scotland and in Wales)
- The Diseases of Swine Regulations 2014
- Foot and Mouth Disease (England) Order 2006 (in Scotland and in Wales)
- Tuberculosis (England) Order 2007 (in Scotland and in Wales)
A general order is issued to control an outbreak of notifiable disease not covered in this list. For example, Defra could order approved disinfectants to be used to control an outbreak of bluetongue virus.
Email APHA for further information.
Published: 3 July 2014
Updated: 11 August 2016
- Updated link to Defra approved disinfectant system
- AHVLA documents have been re-assigned to the new Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).
- First published.