Year 2019
April 2019

ANTEC, UK (Lanxess)

Antec International Limited engages in the research, development and manufacturing of disease/infection control products. The company focuses on biosecurity and provides human health emergency disease control.

Antec International was incorporated in 1961 and is based in Sudbury, UK. It is the hub for the VirkonTM and Rely+OnTM disinfectant technologies business. As of August 31, 2016, Antec International operates as a subsidiary LANXESS AG.

LANXESS AG is a leading specialty chemicals company with about 19,200 employees in 25 countries and is represented at 74 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good.

We currently distribute the following products from Antec-LANXESS.

Rely+OnTM PeraSafeTM

Rely+OnTM PeraSafeTM is a high-level, fast-acting cold sterilant for medical devices and medical instruments.

Rely+On™ PeraSafe™ powder generates peracetic acid in-situ when dissolved in water. The neutral pH solution combines the biocidal efficacy of peracetic acid with excellent materials compatibility to allow repeated, rapid decontamination of pathogenic micro-organisms from heat labile, reusable medical devices and instruments.

Specifically developed and independently proven highly effective against viruses, mycobacteria, bacteria, yeasts and bacterial spores, Rely+On™ PeraSafe™ provides broad spectrum decontamination against disease-causing pathogens of concern to human health, such as HIV, Hepatitis B & C, Mycobacteria (Tuberculosis), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Clostridium difficile, MRSA and Candida albicans.

Rely+OnTM PeraSafeTM, with its optimised corrosion inhibitor system and near neutral pH, is a suitable solution for the disinfection of endoscopes, ultra-sound probes, surgical instruments and other common reusable, heat sensitive medical devices.

Rely+OnTM PeraSafeTM is easy to prepare and is not classified as a sensitiser in both the powdered form, and the in-use dilutions. Supplied as a safe, inactive powder, Rely+OnTM PeraSafeTM is activated by simply dissolving in water.

Rely+OnTM PeraSafeTM has been formulated to include ingredients that have been carefully selected for their ability to degrade naturally within the environment. An aldehyde-free formulation gives efficacy without harm to equipment, nor health risks to staff and avoids the need for special fume extraction or waste disposal systems.


Active substance, Peracetic acid, generated in-situ (c. 0.25% w/v at 16.2g/litre); surfactants; corrosion inhibitor; excipients.

Rely+OnTM VirkonTM

Rely+OnTM VirkonTM is a high-level, rapid, user-friendly surface disinfectant. It is suitable for disinfection of surfaces that transmit infectious diseases in many environments, such as

  • Schools, preschools, infant care and child care centres
  • Pathology, clinical research laboratories and biosafety containment laboratories
  • Treatment salons
  • Medical facilities
  • Treatment of body fluid spillages
  • Food production, preparation and catering establishments
  • Hotel and residential settings
  • Transport

Rely+OnTM VirkonTM is effective against a broad range of bacteria, fungi and viruses, including Hepatitis A, B & C, HIV, MRSA, Influenza A virus, Coronavirus Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), Coronavirus Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV), SARS-CoV-2, E. coli (ESBL), Klebsiella pneumonia (ESBL), Cocksackie Virus (HFMD).

Rely+OnTM VirkonTM is effective as determined by European EN standards (bacteria, fungicidal and virucidal efficacy data). It is also approved on U.S. EPA List N, meeting EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Rely+OnTM VirkonTM disinfects by causing widespread, irreversible damage and subsequent destruction of the microorganism. There is no evidence to suggest that bacterial disease-causing organisms develop resistance towards Rely+OnTM VirkonTM as opposed to some other disinfectant types.

Application of Rely+OnTM VirkonTM solution is especially effective for routine preventive disinfection and for terminal decontamination in an infectious disease outbreak. In medical facilities, the level of disease-causing organisms present after general cleaning can remain high enough to offer a serious disease challenge to patients and staff. In early childhood education centres, the spread of diseases such as hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) and gastroenteritis can pose serious health risks to the young children, staff and their families. Using a disinfectant proven to be effective against viruses, bacteria and fungi, such as Rely+On™ Virkon™, is essential.

Rely+OnTM VirkonTM is easy to use. Containing a surfactant, it degreases, cleans and disinfects in one step, quickly and safely. Supplied as a space saving powder or tablet presentation, Rely+OnTM VirkonTM is convenient to store and easy to handle.

Rely+OnTM VirkonTM solution has an exceptional safety and environmental profile. It does not contain any aldehydes, phenols, hypochlorite or quaternary ammonium compounds. Rely+OnTM VirkonTM solution is non-toxic, non-sensitizing and does not cause any irritation to the skin and eyes. It produces no fumes nor offensive odour. Rely+OnTM VirkonTM solution is biodegradable and can be disposed in the normal drainage system with no negative effect on the environment.