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List Now Features More than 1,100 Disinfectants


WASHINGTON (October 15, 2020) – The Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC) has released an updated and re-structured edition of its list of antimicrobial products that have been determined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be effective at killing the SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19, virus. The new iteration of the CBC COVID-19 Product List, which has more than 15,000 views and has been downloaded nearly 10,000 times, reflects EPA’s recent modification of the criteria a product must meet to be considered effective.

CBC created and released the product list in February with just over 100 items. In the ensuing months, EPA has expanded its definition of products that are considered effective against COVID-19 or pathogens that are equally or harder to kill than SARS-CoV-2, and, as result, the CBC’s list now includes 1,117 individual products that can be uses to disinfect homes, offices, schools and other surroundings. Significantly, the CBC’s list identifies products by their market names so that consumers can quickly determine whether products on the store shelf are effective against COVID-19. The list also presents a wide range of products and does not distinguish between manufacturers that are members of CBC and those that are not.

CBC has also worked throughout the year to ensure that these products are, and continue to be, available to consumers during a time when demand outweighs supply. The group collaborated with EPA to develop and implement regulatory flexibilities for the supply chain of active and inert ingredients used to make the products. This enabled manufacturers to maintain and even increase their production of disinfection products.

“Our members are global leaders in the antimicrobial industry, and we created the CBC COVID-19 Product List as a public service that we are uniquely qualified to provide,” said CBC Executive Director Komal K. Jain. “As EPA refines its guidance on disinfectant products that are responsive to the COVID pandemic, we are committed to updating the CBC COVID-19 Product List to ensure the public is knowledgeable and confident about which products can safely and effectively eliminate the Coronavirus as well as other harmful pathogens.”

“We also remain committed to working with EPA to ensure that the public continues to have access to these highly regulated and tested products,” Jain said.

Along with the CBC COVID-19 Product List, users visiting CBC’s web page devoted to COVID-related resources will find additional sources of information the Center has created itself or identified from government agencies such as EPA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Federal Emergency Management Administration, and the National Institutes of Health. There are also lists of resources made available by industry groups and organizations.

For the CBC COVID-19 Product List, the various antimicrobials that are included are split among three groups. Each group has unique qualifications, but regardless of where they are categorized, every product on the list has been deemed effective against COVID-19. CBC’s list includes antimicrobial products that are sold and marketed under alternative brand names, an extension of EPA’s List N which does not expand on the many different brand names for a single disinfectant.

Products that appear in Group 1 have been tested directly against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This means the EPA reviewed laboratory testing data and approved the associated label claims against SARS-CoV-2. Group 2 includes products that qualify per EPA’s Emerging Viral Pathogen Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticides. Group 3 consists of disinfectant products that have demonstrated efficacy against another human coronavirus similar to SARS-CoV-2. Additionally, Group 3 includes products that have demonstrated efficacy against Norovirus, Ebola, and the pathogen that causes Tuberculosis. As long as the product in question satisfies requirements for CBC’s Group 1, 2, or 3, and is used according to label directions, the product is considered effective against SARS-CoV-2 by EPA.

For a list of frequently asked questions about CBC’s COVID-19 Product List, click here.


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