1. A technique for measuring the antibacterial activity of germicides on pig skin in micro-respirometers has been described.
2. Using this technique the activity of the following germicides has been estimated: 2,2-dihydroxy, 3,5,6,3′,5′,6′-hexachlorodiphenylmethane, 3,4,4′-trichlorocarbanilide, 3,5,4′tribromosalicylanilide, 2,2′-thiobis (4,6-dichlorophenol), Irgasan CF3*, 3,5,3′,4′-tetrachlorosalicylanilide.
3. The results obtained have been discussed in relation to hand-washing test results (Hurst et al. 1960).