US | COVID-19 | EPA Relaxes Rules on Disinfectant Manufacturing

COVID-19 Coronavirus Disinfectant Chemical

 

On March 26, 2020, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would allow manufacturers of disinfectant products to obtain certain inert products from different suppliers without first checking with the agency for approval.

Disinfectants are subject to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), which requires regulated products to be tested, approved, registered, and properly labeled. FIFRA requires suppliers of certain materials to be approved and registered with EPA and in doing so, maintains a list of those suppliers.

This move is part of EPA’s attempt to speed the manufacture and availability of disinfectants in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. EPA is continually adding disinfectants to its list of those that are permitted to claim, in accordance with FIFRA, to be effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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