Environment & Energy Report

EPA OKs First Two Surface Disinfectants Tested on Coronavirus

July 6, 2020, 7:03 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency said it has approved the first two surface disinfectants, both made by Lysol, specifically to kill SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

Since the start of the pandemic, the government has advised cleaning surfaces with disinfectants to prevent the spread of the virus, but it had yet to announce any test results on specific products.

  • Lab tests confirm Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist are effective against the virus, the EPA said Monday.
  • Before pesticide products can legally make claims that they can kill a particular pathogen, such as SARS-CoV-2, the claim must be authorized by EPA based on a review of data. But because novel viruses, such as the newest coronavirus, are typically not immediately available for laboratory testing, EPA established guidance allowing manufacturers to submit data showing that their products were likely to be effective against the virus.
  • The agency has assumed more than 420 disinfectant products on its List N work, meeting the agency’s criteria for use against the coronavirus.

To contact the reporter on this story: Adam Allington in Washington at aallington@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Gregory Henderson at ghenderson@bloombergindustry.com; Anna Yukhananov at ayukhananov@bloombergindustry.com

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