DOST-made soaps can be shared to possible adoptors

By Ma. Cristina Arayata

May 21, 2020, 7:45 pm

<p>(<em>Photo courtesy of DOST</em>)</p>

(Photo courtesy of DOST)

MANILA -- The technical know-how on the antimicrobial soaps developed by the Department of Science and Technology-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) will be shared with entrepreneurs or possible adopters.

The FPRDI-developed products include hand soaps with natural ingredients like plants or forest products that give different scents, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in a message Thursday.

These products include soaps with bamboo charcoal and eucalyptus, natural-based coco liquid soaps with different scents, and antimicrobial hand mist with scents, he added.

"They (products) are now undergoing sensory evaluation and laboratory tests. Maybe these (tests) will last until end of June. By that time, (these) will probably be ready for technology transfer, most likely non-exclusive," he said.

De la Peña said non-exclusive means more than one enterprise could acquire the technology under the DOST guidelines for technology transfer.

"The availability of the technologies for transfer will be announced. There will be criteria in selecting the adoptors," he said.

Information on the process and raw materials sources will be given to adopters.

"That includes training on manufacture. Dermatological tests and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) will be the responsibility of enterprise adopters," he explained.

De la Peña also clarified that the DOST will not compete in selling these FPRDI-developed products.

"Our institutes develop technologies and products. The commercial production and product selling are done by enterprise adopters," he said. (PNA)