The standard outlines pass-fail criteria, physical inspection guidelines, fatigue resistance, chemical challenge and handle strength requirements and tests, as well as marking, labeling and packaging guidelines for manual toothbrushes.

Professor Hiroshi Nakajima, Chair of the subcommittee that developed the standard says, “With the world of offers on toothbrushes from different brands, common requirements are needed to compare different products. ISO 20126 provides a handy guide with harmonized best practice for the dentistry industry, toothbrush manufacturers and regulators. Most importantly, users will benefit from the knowledge that their toothbrushes meet international performance criteria, and will do their job right.”

This second edition cancels and replaces the first edition (ISO 20126:2005), which has been technically revised. The latest version introduces a new requirement and test for determining the impact resistance of toothbrush handles.  

ISO 20126 was developed by ISO technical committee ISO/TC 106, Dentistry, subcommittee SC 7, Oral care products.

ISO 20126:2012, Dentistry – Manual toothbrushes – General requirements and test methods,is available from ISO national member institutes (see the complete list with contact details). It may also be obtained directly from the ISO Central Secretariat, price 74 Swiss francs respectively through the ISO Store or by contacting the Marketing, Communication & Information department.