EPA Expands COVID-19 Disinfectant List

The updated list from EPA contains nearly 200 additional products—including 40 new products that went through the agency’s expedited review process. ( Canva )

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an expanded list of EPA-registered disinfectant products on Monday that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The list contains nearly 200 additional products—including 40 new products that went through the agency’s expedited review process, an EPA release said. The agency has also made efforts to improve the usefulness of its web-based list by incorporating key enhancements.
 
“During this pandemic, it’s important that people can easily find the information they’re looking for when choosing and using a surface disinfectant,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in the release. “With this expanded list, EPA is making sure Americans have greater access to as many effective and approved surface disinfectant products as possible and that they have the information at their fingertips to use them effectively.”
 
The release points out that although the listed disinfectant products have not been tested specifically against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, they are expected to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 because they have been tested and proven effective on either a harder-to-kill virus or against another human coronavirus similar to SARS-CoV-2.

To make the list easier to navigate, the information in the table is now sortable, searchable and printable, and can be easily viewed on a mobile device. EPA is also including the product’s active ingredient and the amount of time the surface should remain wet to be effective against the given pathogen, the release said. 
 
View the list of EPA-registered disinfectant products at https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2.

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