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Pesticide News Story: EPA Releases Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for Triclosan

For Release: November 13, 2008

EPA released a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the chemical triclosan, which has antimicrobial uses as a bacteriostat, fungistat, mildewstat, and deodorizer. There are also other uses regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

In general, the Agency has concluded that all EPA-registered uses of triclosan are eligible for reregistration, with the exception of the use in paints (registrants have recently requested voluntary cancellation of this use), provided that the risk mitigation and data requirements outlined in the RED are fully implemented. The Agency is aware that research is ongoing regarding triclosan and the outcomes of this further research may require the Agency to revisit its regulatory decision in the future.

The RED, assessments, and related documents, including a response to comments on the preliminary risk assessment, are available at http://www.regulations.gov in docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0513. The Federal Register Notice of Availability can be found at https://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-PEST/2008/October/Day-29/p25829.htm. EPA is accepting comments on this document until December 29, 2008.

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