U.S. EPA Emerging Viral Pathogens Guidance Triggers Update

March 26, 2020

On January 29, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a bulletin regarding the emerging viral outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV, also known as COVID-19. This bulletin, entitled "Coronavirus Cases Trigger EPA Rapid Response," details EPA's allowance for use of the 2016 EPA Emerging Viral Pathogens Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticides in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States. On March 20, 2020, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler issued a news release about the importance of the use of disinfectants, hand sanitizers, and soap to combat the virus.

Due to the ongoing public health crisis, EPA is now expediting the reviews of disinfectant products that qualify for the Emerging Viral Pathogens Guidance to more quickly communicate the effectiveness of these products against viruses like COVID-19 to consumers. These products are being posted for the public on List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2.

How Exponent Can Help

Exponent is equipped to help clients navigate the EPA requirements associated with the Emerging Viral Pathogens Guidance and posting on List N. Once on List N, a registrant may communicate to the public a given product's ability to kill COVID-19 through technical literature distributed to the health-care community, consumer information services, social media, and company websites.