July 9, 2020

EPA Approves Two Disinfectants Tested Directly Against SARS-CoV-2

EPA has approved label claims for two surface disinfectants’ effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2 based on laboratory testing conducted directly against the virus. According to the agency, Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist are the first products for which EPA has reviewed testing data and approved label claims against SARS-CoV-2. Both products were already included on List N, EPA’s list of products that meet the agency’s criteria for use against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. EPA expects to approve similar claims for additional List N products in the coming weeks.

EPA previously issued guidance regarding the process for making claims of effectiveness against emerging viral pathogens because novel viruses are typically not immediately available for laboratory testing. The guidance allows product manufacturers to provide EPA with data that shows their products are effective against viruses that are harder to kill than SARS-CoV-2. According to EPA, the agency’s guidance and review of newly registered products has led to more than 400 products’ inclusion on List N.

All products on List N meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2. The agency strongly recommends following the label directions for safe, effective use when using an EPA-registered disinfectant.