On Tuesday, March 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of antimicrobial disinfectant products that are currently approved to make limited efficacy claims against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The exact claims that can be made, and where they can be made, are specifically governed by the EPA’s 2016 Emerging Viral Pathogen guidance, which the agency activated on January 29 for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19.
As EPA continues to evaluate the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, it is limiting both the claims that can be made and where such claims can be made. The EPA will update the list of approved products as more antimicrobial registrants that meet the criteria specified in the guidance are identified. This is not the first time the EPA has compiled a public-facing list of products specifically approved to make claims against a specific pathogen. Accordingly, this may be the time to consider “Emerging Viral Pathogen” approvals for the future.
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