EPA Releases List of Qualified Products to Use Against COVID-19
- Author: T/TAS at WKU
- Author: Friday, March 6th, 2020
In a statement issued on March 5, 2020, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of chemicals and products that have qualified under their emerging viral pathogen program for use against SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
“Using the correct disinfectant is an important part of preventing and reducing the spread of illnesses along with other critical aspect such as hand washing,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
According to the EPA, products appearing on the EPA’s list of registered disinfectant products have qualified for use against COVID-19 through the agency’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program. This program allows product manufacturers to provide EPA with data, even in advance of an outbreak, that shows their products are effective against harder-to-kill viruses than SARS-CoV-2. It also allows additional communications intended to inform the public about the utility of these products against the emerging pathogen in the most expeditious manner.
A list of the EPA-registered disinfectant products is available here: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-03/documents/sars-cov-2-list_03-03-2020.pdf
Editor’s Note: the T/TAS article “Helpful Information for Cleaning Childcare Facilities” published 3/5/2020 has been updated to reflect this information.
J. Christopher Watkins, Executive Director
Training & Technical Assistance Services (T/TAS)
Western Kentucky University