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WASHINGTON (April 13, 2021) – The Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC) released the following statement in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updating its guidance for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces to protect against COVID-19. These comments may be attributed to Komal K. Jain, CBC Executive Director:

The members of the Center for Biocide Chemistries are pleased that the CDC has issued guidance on the proper use of cleaning products and specifically disinfectants. Our members are committed to providing safe and effective disinfectant products to eliminate harmful germs from homes, offices, and public settings and also promoting best practices for their use.

CBC discourages excessive use of disinfectants, whether in terms of the amount of product applied to a surface or in situations for which a basic cleaning with regular soap would suffice. It is important to distinguish the difference between disinfecting and cleaning, as certain situations are appropriate for disinfectants and others are better suited for cleaning with soap. Disinfectants are most effective on high-touch areas such as office door handles, faucet knobs, and public transportation handholds, as well as locations that require particularly sanitary conditions such as hospitals or food preparation areas.

CBC has always advocated for safe and responsible use and application of disinfectants. Its members’ primary message before and throughout the pandemic is that disinfectant products are safe and effective when used according to their label instructions. CBC members work cooperatively with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that their products are effective at eliminating harmful pathogens; that they are safe for human health and the environment when used, stored, and disposed of properly; and that product labels contain all the appropriate and necessary language and guidance to allow them to be used safely and effectively.

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, CBC made available a list of disinfectant products that EPA determined were able to kill and stop the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. At the time of its release, information about COVID-19 was still emerging, and the market demand for products that were determined by EPA to be effective at disinfecting surfaces was high. It soon became known that while there was a risk of spreading COVID-19 via surfaces, this was not the primary source of transmission.

For many, the pandemic has been an extended period of conducting work and school from home. With the heightened attention paid toward keeping one’s space clean, the market demand for disinfectants remained significant due to ease of mind benefits at home and liability reduction for customers and employees in public settings. Throughout this time, CBC members have consistently called for responsible and appropriate use of disinfectants, and they have developed and distributed numerous communications materials to advocate for following their products’ directions for use.

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The American Chemistry Council’s Center for Biocide Chemistries is comprised of more than 50 companies that manufacture and/or formulate biocide products (also known as antimicrobials or antimicrobial pesticides). The Center for Biocide Chemistries is among the principal associations of registrants in the biocide industry and addresses a broad range of scientific, research, regulatory, legislative, legal, and educational issues pertaining to biocide use in industrial, institutional, and residential settings. Established in 1986, membership in the Center provides unique opportunities for companies involved in the biocide business to engage in critical dialogue with one another and a variety of regulators as well as help shape the industry. For more information, please visit or


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