U.S. EPA Adds 70 Products to Disinfectant List for Use Against COVID-19

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April 13, 2020Walker LivingstonBlog

On 20 March 2020 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added 70 products as disinfectants for use against the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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The EPA added 70 products to List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2. This list collects products that can be effectively used against SARS-CoV-2 (the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19). The EPA has collected all relevant products and the list can be searched by EPA registration numbers. While the list is not an endorsement of the product by the EPA, inclusion does mean that the disinfectants meet the criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2. The EPA is moving to approve claims that hand sanitizer brands provide viral pathogen resistance as quickly as possible, approving many requests within 14 days.

The EPA is also allowing manufacturers to obtain certain inert ingredients such as glucose without checking with the agency for approval. These inert ingredients must be designated as "commodity inert ingredients" for the relaxation of regulations to apply.

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Businesses in the production of hand sanitizer in the United States, or lateral production industries, should confirm whether their hand sanitizer ingredients can now be purchased and used without EPA approval.

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The US EPA and CDC and Health Canada have both published lists of products with emerging viral pathogens and human coronavirus claims. We have collected SDSs for many of these products and made them available to you via our 3E Protect SDS and chemical compliance management platform.

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