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What is the process for EPA approval of disinfectant products related to COVID-19?

EPA reviews and registers antimicrobial pesticides, which include disinfectants for use on pathogens like SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. EPA is seeking to expedite the review and approval of viral disinfectants, including new and currently registered products to be used in the COVID-19 response. Once registered, they will be added to EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), which shows products that are effective against COVID-19.

If you have an antimicrobial product intended for use against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), please consult our guide to expedited review for new and registered products. EPA is also expediting applications to add directions for use with electrostatic sprayers to products intended to kill SARS-CoV-2. Learn more about adding electrostatic spray application directions for use to antimicrobial product registrations.

Learn more about adding residual efficacy claims to products intended to be used against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).  

If you would like to register a new pesticide (including disinfectants), please see the Pesticide Registration Manual, a resource for those who want to have their pesticide products registered for sale in the United States. In addition, information on what needs to be on a pesticide label is found in the Pesticide Label Review Manual. If you still have questions after reviewing the manuals, EPA suggests registrants consider employing the services of a pesticide regulatory consultant, which you can find by searching the internet. We recommend checking at least three references.

Companies with a pending submission can contact EPA via email with their CDX tracking number to request an update on their submission status.

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