Facing a massive uproar from industry groups and companies, late yesterday EPA put a hold on enforcement of a newly effective prohibition on one “PBT” chemical and announced a new comment period to re-examine the rules issued on January 6,
Continue Reading EPA Grants Temporary Reprieve to TSCA PBT Chemical Prohibition, Re-Opens Comment Period

Earlier this week, EPA issued another “stop sale” order to Amazon directing the company to take steps to prevent the continued sale “of potentially dangerous or ineffective unregistered pesticides and pesticide devices making illegal and misleading claims, including multiple products
Continue Reading EPA Extends Coronavirus Enforcement Against On-Line Sales of Unregistered Disinfectants

One of the few areas of EPA policy continuity between the Biden and Trump eras is the aggressive enforcement attention being paid to products that claim to fight the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

While EPA has long prioritized enforcement of the
Continue Reading Biden EPA Continues Aggressive Enforcement Against Disinfectant Products and UV Devices Claiming to Kill Coronavirus

For years, EPA has asserted broad authority to regulate products that are labeled or marketed with express or implied pesticidal (including antimicrobial) claims.  During the current pandemic, that authority has been exercised aggressively, particularly against products, many of which are
Continue Reading Cleaning Product Enforcement Challenge Highlights Reach of EPA’s Antimicrobial Regulatory Authority

Citing difficulties experienced by numerous submitters using EPA’s online reporting portal, the agency has extended the TSCA Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) deadline for two months.

The CDR rule requires manufacturers (including importers) of chemical substances listed on the TSCA Chemical
Continue Reading EPA Extends TSCA Chemical Data Reporting Deadline to January 29

As part of the agency’s ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic, EPA has issued new interim guidance outlining the path for expedited approval of products that demonstrate the ability to provide durable residual antimicrobial activity of hard surfaces.  Specifically, the
Continue Reading EPA Establishes New Expedited Approval Pathways for Long-Lasting Residual Antimicrobial Products

Today, EPA announced that it has issued the first ever emergency use exemption for a “long-lasting” anti-viral coating.  The exemption was granted upon request by the state of Texas to permit use of the coating at American Airlines airport facilities
Continue Reading EPA Approves First “Long-Lasting Anti-Viral” for Emergency Use to Fight Coronavirus

Join us next Wednesday, July 29 for a webinar covering the basics of germ killing and related product claims.
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COVID-19 has brought a proliferation of products claiming to kill or otherwise inhibit viruses, bacteria and other germs. These
Continue Reading Upcoming Webinar: Cleaning Up From 2020: Guidance for Disinfectant, Germ and Virus Killing Claims

Amid the flurry of products making coronavirus-related claims, some without legal approval or scientific support, one class of products raises unique questions:  so-called “pesticide devices,” like ozone generators and ultraviolet (UV) lights, which are instruments that claim to control
Continue Reading EPA Cautions Consumers About Ozone Generators, UV Lights, and Other Pesticide Devices Making Coronavirus Claims