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Design for the Environment Logo for Antimicrobial Pesticide Products

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Qualifying for Use of the DfE Logo for Antimicrobial Products

To obtain the Design for the Environment (DfE) logo, pesticide registrants should follow the instructions to apply for the DfE Logo on Antimicrobial pesticide labels. In addition, if your product label will claim to protect against microorganisms that pose a threat to human health, you must provide test results demonstrating effectiveness on hard, nonporous surfaces against those pests.

The application package must include a signed certification, as specified in the instructions.

Meaning of the DfE Logo on Antimicrobial Product Label

If you see the DfE logo on an EPA-authorized antimicrobial pesticide label, you can be assured that the product:

DfE Logo

EPA does not consider the logo to be an endorsement. Similar to saying a pesticide is “EPA registered” because EPA has found it meets the registration standard, the DfE logo indicates that the product has been reviewed and meets the Safer Choice Standard.

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Active Ingredients for Use in Antimicrobial Products that Qualify for the DfE Logo

Products composed of one or more of the active ingredients listed below may be considered for the DfE logo on a case by case basis. 

If you have an active ingredient that you would like to be considered for the DfE logo, please contact

Note: All ingredients, active or inert ingredient, must meet the Safer Choice Standard.

Active Ingredients Year Approved
Citric acid 2009
Hydrogen peroxide 2009
L-lactic acid 2009
Ethanol 2012
Isopropanol 2012
Peroxyacetic acid 2015
Sodium Bisulfate 2015
Chitosan 2019

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Authorized Use of the DfE Logo 

Antimicrobial pesticides that meet the requirements for the DfE logo are only authorized to display the logo on the product label. No other claims, terms, words or images implying safety are allowed unless we expressly authorize them. If you see a pesticide product that appears not to comply with this authorized use, please contact  EPA’s Regional Office in your area to report potentially illegal products. Using the DfE logo on a pesticide product without having prior approval from EPA would be a violation under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and EPA may take action as part of its FIFRA enforcement program.

Additionally, unauthorized use of an EPA mark, for example placing the DfE logo on a product prior to its being qualified to display the logo, constitutes fraud and is punishable as a crime. It is the responsibility of EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) to investigate allegations of fraud relating to an Agency logo and refer cases to regional and state counsel for prosecution. EPA will bring all cases of fraud involving the logo to the OIG.

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List of Antimicrobial Products that Qualify for the DfE Logo

EPA maintains a list of products that EPA has certified as qualifying to display the DfE logo on the product label. Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by EPA.

Pesticide products are often marketed under more than one name. Use the EPA Registration Number rather than the product name to check on the approval status of a product. If the EPA Registration Number has three parts (xxx-xxx-xxx), use only the first two parts, as the last part indicates the "distributor" of the product, not the main registrant.  See more information about supplemental distribution.

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Additional Information

If you have questions about the DfE logo for antimicrobial products, please contact Jacqueline Hardy (

View questions and answers about the DfE logo for antimicrobial products.

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