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What does the column “emerging viral pathogen claim” indicate in List N?

This column of List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 shows whether or not a product qualified for EPA’s emerging viral pathogen claim.

If you see “yes,” that means the product qualified for an emerging viral pathogen claim. To do so, a product must demonstrate efficacy (e.g. effectiveness) against a harder-to-kill virus than SARS-CoV-2.

If you see “no,” that means the product does not have an emerging viral pathogen claim. These fall into two categories:
  • Products that have demonstrated efficacy against another human coronavirus similar to SARS-CoV-2; and
  • Products that EPA has approved for use against select viruses that are harder to kill than SARS-CoV-2, such as norovirus.

EPA expects all products on List N to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 when used according to label directions, regardless of whether they have yes or no in this column. 

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