Are there any changes to the registration of disinfectants due to COVID-19?
At the federal level, EPA has published guidance on amending product registrations to add claims of efficacy against SARS-CoV-2, claims of residual efficacy, and directions for electrostatic spray application.
Although EPA’s Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorities do not govern the process that states use to register pesticide products, EPA is in conversations with state regulators regarding the registration of disinfectants. It is EPA’s understanding that many states are working to accelerate their reviews and approvals of new List N products, within the bounds of their state requirements.
EPA’s website has a list of products known as “List N” that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. EPA updates this list on a regular basis as additional criteria for inclusion have been added and products are reviewed. For more information, view EPA's List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).
- What is the process for EPA approval of disinfectant products related to COVID-19?
- Do I need to register disinfectant products with EPA in order to import them?
- Does EPA regulate companies that require cleaning services claiming to disinfect for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)?
- Will EPA take enforcement action against companies making false claims that their disinfectants work against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)?
- What is an emerging viral pathogen claim?
- Why aren’t hand sanitizers listed on List N?
- What’s the difference between products that disinfect, sanitize, and clean surfaces?