The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future Volume 2
CHAPTER 14: US Regulatory Approaches to Disinfectants for Coronavirus
Published:27 Apr 2022
S. Bobst, in The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future Volume 2, ed. M. D. Waters, A. Dhawan, T. Marrs, D. Anderson, S. Warren, C. L. Hughes, ... C. L. Hughes, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2022, pp. 313-441.
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This chapter looks at the United States regulatory approaches towards disinfectants for killing severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the use of disinfectants under the Federal Insectide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, commonly known as FIFRA. The EPA maintains a list of disinfectants for killing SARS-CoV-2. The criteria for inclusion include demonstrated efficacy against SARS-CoV-2; demonstrated efficacy against a pathogen that is harder to kill than SARS-CoV-2; or demonstrated efficacy against a different human coronavirus that is similar to SARS-CoV-2. The chapter also explores the regulation of hand sanitizers under the US Food and Drug Administration temporary policy.