UV-C is an established technology for disinfection that has been proven to deactivate, without exception, all viruses against which it has been tested. It has been applied extensively since 1910 when it was found to be an effective tool in preventing the spread of disease.  UV-C is used to disinfect water, air, and surfaces in industrial, commercial, medical, public and residential environments.

The LightingEurope UV-C Subgroup promotes the benefits of UV-C disinfection technologies and stimulates the uptake of safe quality products. LightingEurope advocatesthe installation of UV-C disinfection technologies as part of the EU Renovation Wave and the application and enforcement of existing safety rules and standards as part of healthy and safe indoor environments.


  • Is UV-C effective against SARS-CoV-2 (aka COVID19)? Yes, it is. Studies have demonstrated that UV-C is effective in inactivating known viruses, including SARS-CoV and the common flu.

Source: Study published by Boston University

  • How can UV-C be installed and used safely? There are a number of requirements in place to ensure that UV-C is installed and used safely, such as the standard series EN 61508 or the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU. Further details are available in the Safety Guidelines of the Global Lighting Association

EU Policies and Rules related to UV-C

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