In January 2009 the HPA and Department of Health jointly published the document: "Clostridium difficile infection: How to deal with the problem". (1)
Within this document it was stated that: "Further research and guidance is needed to investigate how successful laundry cleaning methods and associated detergents/disinfectants are in removing and killing C. difficile. "
Could you please release protocols used by any current research projects being conducted by the HPA into the effectiveness of various laundry cleaning methods in killing C.difficile and let me know when and where I can expect the results of any such studies to be published?
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, section 1 (1)(a) I confirm that
we do not hold the information you require. There are no current Health
Protection Agency research projects underway regarding the effectiveness
of various cleaning methods in regard to C.difficile.
However the Department of Health or the Medical Research Council may be
aware of such projects elsewhere. Please see below the links to their
If you require any more information on this matter feel free to contact
Freedom of Information Officer