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EPA’s Hospital Disinfectant Post-Market Testing Results Now Online

For Release: February 10, 2014

As part of its Antimicrobials Testing Program, the Environmental Protection Agency has tested the effectiveness of hospital disinfectants and posted the results on the agency’s ATP web page. This efficacy information should be of particular interest to hospitals and others who buy antimicrobial products that make public health claims.

All antimicrobial pesticides making public health claims must provide efficacy data that the EPA reviews during the registration process. Following registration, the EPA collects and tests samples from a subset of public health products in the marketplace using efficacy test methods that provide a rigorous challenge to the product. Those that do not meet the high ATP standard are brought into compliance through regulatory or enforcement measures. The agency has completed testing the majority of registered hospital disinfectants and tuberculocide products and posted a list of the testing status of these products to assist users in making informed choices regarding infection control in their facilities. The list of products the EPA posted online today consists of three categories:

For more information, please see http://www.epa.gov/oppad001/antimicrobial-testing-program.html.

 

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