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

January 2014

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We have extended the Design for the Environment Antimicrobial Pesticide Pilot for two years, until May 3, 2015. 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 intend to accept comments on the Design for the Environment Antimicrobial 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 Campbell (campbell-mcfarlane.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 Active Ingredient Company DfE Logo Accept Date Label
777-100 Square 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)
777-111 Rosemary T 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)
5741-25 Consume Bowl 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)
9902-2 Dishwasher Magic 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)
88472-1 B 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)
88472-2 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)
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)
34810-37 Wexford Disinfectant Wipes Citric Acid Wexford Labs 6/27/2013
74559-8 ACCEL 5 RTU Hydrogen Peroxide Virox Technologies, Inc. 8/8/2014 http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/074559-00008-20140808.pdf (31 pp, 1.76 MB, About PDF)

Ingredients Approved for Use in Products for DfE Pesticide Pilot

In 2009, OPPT and OPP staff screened antimicrobial active ingredients to identify the active ingredients acceptable for use in DfE-labeled products. The following 3 active ingredients passed:

In 2012, OPPT and OPP staff re-evaluated the antimicrobial active ingredients and the list of acceptable actives has been expanded to include:

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 must meet the DfE Standard for Safer Cleaning Products (PDF) (28 pp, 166k, About PDF).

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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