EPA Expediting Submissions for Emerging Viral Pathogens Claims

March 10, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is expediting the review of submissions from companies requesting to add Emerging Viral Pathogens claims to their already-registered surface disinfectant labels due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the cause of COVID-19.

“ISSA commends EPA for this decision,” said John Nothdurft, ISSA director of government affairs. “Expedited review will provide consumers with greater access to disinfectants that are effective against the novel coronavirus without comprising safety and the quality of cleaning products.”

According to the EPA, at this time, only claims for already-registered surface disinfectant products that do not require review of new efficacy data are being expedited. Registrants also should not include other label changes typically covered under amendments and notifications as part of the submission to add Emerging Viral Pathogen claims.

Additional information for registrants requesting expedited review is available on the EPA’s website or contact Stacy Seiden, ISSA government affairs coordinator, at [email protected] for more information about this and other public policy issues impacting the cleaning industry.

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