Evaluation Background: Countertop UV Disinfection Devices

March 6, 2019 | Evaluations & Guidance


Here's background for our Evaluations of countertop ultraviolet (UV) disinfection devices, outlining the key considerations for choosing a suitable tool to use in your facility. Review our latest product ratings and learn how the technology is used, which specs are important, and what factors we test for.

Countertop UV disinfection devices are enclosed devices used to disinfect user- or facility-owned mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.) that may be susceptible to damage by chemical disinfection methods (use of 70% isopropyl alcohol, bleach, or other disinfectants). They are used to disinfect mobile devices used by clinicians, vendors, patients, and other individuals within a care environment.

These devices consist of the following:

  1. One or more bulbs or LEDs capable of generating light within the ultraviolet C (UVC) spectrum (between 200 and 280 nm wavelengths)

  2. A shelf, shelves, rods, metal container(s), or proprietary holders for mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.)

  3. A door, lid, or tray(s) used to access the shelf, shelves, rods, metal container(s), or proprietary holders and to prevent UVC light from exiting the unit during operation; includes a safety feature that shuts off the device during operation if the door, lid, or tray is opened

  4. An indicator...

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