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Design for the Environment Antimicrobial Pesticide Pilot Project: Moving Toward the Green End of the Pesticide Spectrum

April 2015

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We have extended the Design for the Environment Antimicrobial Pesticide Pilot until May 3, 2016. This Web page will help you understand and get involved in the pesticide pilot Design for the Environment program as well as find products that are approved to use the logo on the label.

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How to Participate in the Pesticide DfE Program

Pesticide registrants wishing to take part in this program should follow the instructions to apply for the DfE Logo on Antimicrobial pesticide labels. In addition, you will need to provide test results demonstrating effectiveness on hard, nonporous surfaces against microorganisms that pose a threat to human health for which the product has label claims.

As part of the application package specified in the instructions, you will need to submit a certification (PDF) (2 pp, 88k, about PDF).

What the DfE Logo Means on Antimicrobial Product Labels

By their very nature, most pesticides have the potential to pose hazards to human health or the environment. This is particularly the case if the label instructions are not followed precisely. Because of this, we cannot say that any registered pesticide is safe under all circumstances.  However, if you see the DfE logo on an EPA-authorized antimicrobial pesticide label, you can be assured that the product:

DfE logo  
 

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Authorized Use of the DfE Logo

Antimicrobial pesticides that meet the requirements for including the DfE logo on the product label are only authorized to display the logo.  No other claims, terms, words, or images implying safety are allowed unless we expressly authorize them.  If you see a pesticide product that appears not to comply with this authorized use, please contact EPA’s Regional Office in your area to report potentially illegal products.

EPA Asks for Public Input on How This Pilot Project Can be Improved

We are accepting comments on the Design for the Environment Antimicrobials Pesticide Pilot Project during the duration of the project. If you have comments or suggestions about the project or how it might be improved, please contact Jacqueline Hardy (hardy.jacqueline@epa.gov).

List of Authorized DfE Products

The following are the products that we have certified as qualifying for inclusion of the DfE logo on the label.

Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by EPA.

Pesticide products are often marketed under more than one name. Use the EPA Registration Number rather than the product name to check on the approval status of a product. If the EPA Registration Number has three parts (xxx-xxx-xxx), use only the first two parts, as the last part indicates the "distributor" of the product, not the main registrant.

EPA Reg. No. Product Name Alternate Brand Names Active Ingredient Company DfE Logo Accept Date Label Supplemental Distributors *Distributors Brand Name
777-100 Square Lysol Brand III Kills 99.9% of Viruses & Bacterial ** All Purpose Cleaner l- Lactic Acid Reckitt Benckiser 8/1/2012 http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/000777-00100-20120801.pdf (14 pp, 753k, About PDF)  
Lysol Brand III All Purpose Cleaner Lemon Breeze Scent
Lysol Brand III Kills 99.9% of Viruses & Bacteria** All Purpose Cleaner Lemon Breeze Scent
Lysol Brand III Kills 99.9% of Viruses & Bacteria** Multi-Purpose Cleaner
Lysol Brand III Multi-Purpose Cleaner Lemon Breeze Scent
Lysol Brand III Kills 99.9% of Viruses & Bacteria**Multi-Purpose Cleaner Lemon Breeze Scent
Lysol Brand III Kills 99.9% of Viruses & Bacteria** All Purpose Cleaner Complete Clean Lemon Breeze Scent
Lysol Brand III Kills 99.9% of Viruses & Bacteria** All Purpose Cleaner Complete Clean Pacific Fresh Scent
Lysol Brand III Kills 99.9% of Viruses & Bacteria** All Purpose Cleaner Pacific Fresh Scent
777-111 Rosemary T Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses & Bacteria** CounterMateTM Multi-Purpose Cleaner Pomegranate Splash l- Lactic Acid Reckitt Benckiser 10/20/2011 http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/000777- 00111-20111020.pdf (15 pp, 5.3 MB, About PDF)  
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Power & Free  CounterMateTM Multi-Purpose Cleaner Pomegranate Splash
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria**TapTopTM  Multi-Purpose Cleaner Pomegranate Splash
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Power & Free TapTopTM   Multi-Purpose Cleaner Pomegranate Splash
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** CleanControl  Multi-Purpose Cleaner Pomegranate Splash
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Power & Free CleanControl  Multi-Purpose Cleaner Pomegranate Splash
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Power & Free Multi-Purpose Cleaner Pomegranate Splash
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Power & Fresh Multi-Purpose Cleaner Pomegranate Splash
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Power & Fresh Multi-Purpose Cleaner
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Power & Fresh Multi-Purpose Cleaner Lemon & Lime Blossom Scent
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Power & Fresh Multi-Purpose Cleaner Lavender &  Eucalyptus Scent
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Power & Fresh Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Active Fruit Acids
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Power & Fresh Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Active Fruit Acids Lemon & Lime Blossom Scent
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Power & Fresh Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Active Fruit Acids Lavender & Eucalyptus Scent
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Power & Free Multi-Purpose Cleaner
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Power & Free Multi-Purpose Cleaner Lemon & Lime Blossom Scent
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Power & Free Multi-Purpose Cleaner Lavender & Eucalyptus Scent
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Power & Free Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Fruit Acids
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Power & Free Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Active Fruit Acids Lemon & Lime Blossom Scent
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Power & Free Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Active Fruit Acids Lavender & Eucalyptus Scent
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Everyday Multi-Surface Disinfectant Lavender & Eucalyptus Scent
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Everyday Multi-Surface Disinfectant Lemon & Lime Blossom Scent
Lysol Brand Kills 99.9% of Viruses  & Bacteria** Everyday Multi-Surface Disinfectant
Lysol Brand Complete Clean All Purpose Cleaner Lemon & Lime Blossom
Lysol Brand All Purpose cleaner Complete Clean Lemon & Lime Blossom
Lysol Brand Everyday Sanitizer Lemon & Lime Blossom
Lysol Brand Everyday Disinfectant Lemon & Lime Blossom
5741-25 Consume Bowl GS Restroom Cleaner Citric Acid Spartan Chemical Company 9/20/2011 http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/005741- 00025-20110920.pdf (2 pp, 567 k, About PDF)  
Green Solutions Restroom Cleaner
9902-2 Dishwasher Magic Glisten Dishwasher Magic Cleaner Disinfectant Citric Acid Iron Out, Inc 7/5/2012 http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/009902-00002-20120705.pdf (3 pp, 145 k, About PDF)  
Glisten Dishwasher Magic Machine Cleaner & Disinfectant
88472-1 B Cleaner Earth Rescue Disinfectant All Purpose Cleaner l- Lactic Acid International Consolidated Business 12/22/2011 http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/088472- 00001-20111222.pdf (9 pp, 3.9 MB, About PDF) 88472-1-89054 *Bright Green Disinfecting All Purpose Cleaner *Bright Green Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner
Earth Rescue Bathroom Cleaner
88472-2 Toilet Bowl Cleaner Earth Rescue Toilet Bowl Cleaner l- Lactic Acid International Consolidated Business 12/22/2011 http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/088472- 00002-20111222.pdf (6 pp, 2.6 MB, About PDF)  
Earth Rescue Antimicrobial Toilet Bowl Cleaner
34810-35 Clean-Cide   Citric Acid Wexford Labs 6/27/2013 http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/034810-00035-20130627.pdf (7 pp, 364 k, About PDF) 34810-35-51003 *Birex Citrus
34810-35-90439 *Sterisept-TB
34810-37 Wexford Disinfectant Wipes   Citric Acid Wexford Labs 6/27/2013 http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/034810-00037-20130627.pdf

34810-37-90439

*Sterisept-TB Envirochoice Wipes
74559-8 ACCEL 5 RTU Accel Virocide RTU Hydrogen Peroxide Virox Technologies 8/8/2014 http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/074559-00008-20140808.pdf (31 pp, 1.76 MB, About PDF)  
84368-1 Urthpro   Ethanol Urthtech, LLC 3/9/2015 http://www3.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/084368-00001-20150309.pdf  

Active Ingredients for Use in Products for DfE Pesticide Pilot

Products composed of one or more of the active ingredients listed below may be considered for the DfE logo. Products composed of one or more of these active ingredients may be considered for the DfE logo.

If you have an active ingredient that you would like to be considered for the DfE logo, please contact Bridget Williams (williams.bridget@epa.gov) or 202-564-8558.

Note: The product and inert ingredients in the formulation will be reviewed against the Safer Choice standard.

Active Ingredients Year Approved
Citric acid 2009
Hydrogen peroxide 2009
L-lactic acid 2009
Ethanol 2012
Isopropanol 2012
Peroxyacetic acid 2015
Tetraacetylethylenediamine (TAED) 2015

How We Developed the Pesticide DfE Program

One of the questions we often hear from the public involves recommendations for products that are more toward the green end of the pesticide spectrum. Consistent with federal law, our traditional response to these queries has only been to remind consumers to Read the Label First. But since September 2008, we have working with the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee to develop an easy-to-identify means for consumers to answer that question at the point of purchase. Modeled after EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program, the Design for the Environment Antimicrobial Pesticide Pilot Project is allowing the use of a DfE logo on qualifying antimicrobial pesticide labels.

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