The Association for Applied Hygiene (VAH) was founded on November 11, 2003. The aim of the Association which incorporates individual members as well as Scientific Societies and Professional Associations is the consolidation of competence in applied hygiene in order to meet the new challenges in the prevention of infections on a national and international level.

In particular, topics of interest include the elaboration of test protocols and evaluation standards for decontamination, disinfection, antisepsis and sterilization procedures; the exchange of ideas and multidisciplinary cooperation with the relevant medical and non-medical disciplines; national and international harmonization of efforts with regard to indication, toxicological and ecological aspects of products and procedures employed for preventing infections. In addition, VAH takes a special interest in organizing courses and meetings for advanced education in the field of preventative hygiene meaures.