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

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

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

Yesterday, EPA issued another in a series of recent advisories aiming to clarify for consumers and companies what they need to know about disinfectant products claiming to kill the coronavirus.  EPA is actively investigating the numerous tips and complaints
Continue Reading EPA Issues Consumer Advisory on Products Claiming to Kill Coronavirus

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is focusing substantial enforcement attention on the internet sale of pesticide products marketed with anti-viral claims, particularly those with claims related to coronavirus and COVID-19.  EPA is scrutinizing on-line listings of pesticide products to
Continue Reading EPA Scrutinizing On-Line Sale of Anti-Coronavirus Pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to expand the number of surface disinfectants approved for use against coronavirus, announcing the addition of 70 new products to the agency’s “List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2.”  This brings the total
Continue Reading EPA Expands List of Approved Coronavirus Disinfectants