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.
EPA’s Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorities do not govern the process that states use to register pesticide products.
EPA’s website has a list of products (“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. For more information, view EPA's List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).
Return to Frequent Questions about Disinfectants and Coronavirus (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?