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European Cleaning and
Hygiene Technology Research Association

Who is FRT?

Research Association

The European Cleaning and Hygiene Technology Research Association (FRT) was incorporated in 1991 by renowned enterprises and registered in the association roll of the Krefeld commercial court; it is an accepted non-profit organisation. As a member of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen „Otto von Guericke“ e.V. (Association of Industrial Research Organisations, AiF), it has access to pre-competitive research programmes and funding for small and medium sized enterprises which is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs.

Our goal

Economic Development

FRT is a network of the affiliated professional organisations and companies in the field of cleaning and hygiene. It plans and evaluates projects of common interest and tries to find ways how to finance them. It organises an implementation relevant to industrial interests and the fast and effective transfer of the achieved results into practise. Its scope hereby is to maximise the financing from public funds, which is offered for pre-competitive research and development especially for small and medium enterprises.

FRT shall initiate research projects of its members' common interest, give help in transferring the results into the individual companies and thereby find answers for the growing demands of the ecological and quality assurance discussion in the field of cleaning and care of hard surfaces. The research organisation is funded by the subscriptions of its members.


Research Determination

The members determine the research programme and the individual research projects according to their priorities and the economical importance by their elected research advisory board. They assign the work to be done according to their interests.

Advantages of a Membership

  • Members determine the topics of FRT-research.
  • Members can discuss and solve problems in the area of cleaning, maintenance and hygiene of hard surfaces in working groups.
  • Members can initiate diploma theses.
  • Members can obtain answers from experts.
  • Members can obtain continuous information about the research projects in progress due to participation in the work and can use these information directly.
  • Members get assistance in transferring research results.
  • Members are informed on a regular basis by "FRT-Information" about progress in research work, new cognitions in other sectors, new international literature, further developments and changes in the legal situation.
  • Members are offered assistance in solving technical problems (process technology, environmental aspects), in the application process for public funds, in discussions with the government or local authorities.
  • Members improve their prospects for the future by collaborating in the FRT work in the field of standardisation, determination of regulations and contribution to legislation.

Research Projects

in progress

IGF 18893 N

En­zy­mat­ic com­par­a­tive test for glu­taralde­hyde residues on flex­i­ble en­do­scopes

in progress

IGF 18892 N

Need-based foun­tain so­lu­tion preser­va­tion with en­zy­mat­i­cal­ly ac­ti­vat­able an­timi­cro­bial sys­tems for pre­ven­tion of bio­foul­ing in off­set print­ing

in progress

IGF 18607 N

Fa­cade clean­ing based on seg­re­gat­ing gel net­works

in progress

IGF 18300 N

Op­to­chem­i­cal care coat­ings for con­trol­ling of sur­face wet­ting in clean­ing and dis­in­fec­tion pro­cess­es

in progress

IGF 18177 N

Re­new­able an­timi­cro­bial pep­tide primer sys­tems en­sur­ing sus­tain­able hy­giene of elas­tic floor­ing in the health­care sec­tor


FRT Information 01/2017


IGF 18539 N

Renewable floorcare coatings for elastic floorings based on counterionic polymeric adsorber systems



IGF 18467 N

Biochemical synchronous determination of hygienically relevant microorganisms and total germ count on surfaces



IGF 18035 BG

Dry de­coat­ing of re­silient floor­ings with non-ther­mal at­mo­spher­ic pres­sure plas­mas



IGF 17952 N

De­vel­op­ment of a wa­ter­based clean­ing pro­cess for print­ing ma­chine hous­ings



IGF 17922 N

Pro­cess con­trol of sur­face dis­in­fec­tion based on func­tion­al­ized pro­te­oli­po­somes




De­vel­op­ment of a novel low-tem­per­a­ture ster­il­iza­tion pro­ce­dure using su­per­crit­i­cal car­bon diox­ide and of com­pat­i­ble nanocom­pos­ites for med­i­cal de­vices



IGF 17775 N

De­vel­op­ment of ther­mal­ly switch­able dos­ing sys­tems for a LAMP-rapid de­tec­tion of MRSA



IGF 17664 N

De­vel­op­ment of a bio­cat­alyt­ic color in­di­ca­tor sys­tem for pro­cess con­trol of dis­in­fec­tion in com­mer­cial dish­wash­ers



IGF 17402 N

De­vel­op­ment of a pro­cess for im­prov­ing clean­ing and hy­giene of tex­tile floor cov­er­ings based on car­bon diox­ide clathrates


Task Groups & Standardization

Laun­der­ing & treat­ment of clean­ing tex­tiles

Clean­ing and main­te­nance rec­om­men­da­tions elas­tic floor­ings

Min­er­al floor­ings

Clean­ing and main­te­nance of wood, par­quet and lam­i­nate floor­ings

Clean­ing and main­te­nance of sports, gyms and mul­ti-pur­pose halls

Clean­ing and main­te­nance of stone and ce­ram­ics

Clean­ing and main­te­nance of wood­en floor­ings, dance halls

Clean­ing and main­te­nance of san­i­tary fit­tings

Elas­tic floor­ings

Elas­tic floor­ings with spe­cial elec­tro­stat­ic prop­er­ties

Project advisory boards