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Disinfectants for Use Against the Ebola Virus

This list of registered disinfectants meets the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) criteria for use against the Ebola virus on hard, non-porous surfaces. It is necessary to follow the specific use instructions on the label for each disinfectant in order for the disinfectant to be effective. The product label will not specifically mention effectiveness against the Ebola virus. Instead, it will mention effectiveness against a different virus, such as norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, and/or poliovirus.

CDC’s guidance recommends:

  1. The use of an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant with a label claim for use against a non-enveloped virus (e.g., norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, poliovirus); and

  2. The product label use directions for the non-enveloped virus or viruses should be followed when disinfecting against the Ebola virus.

Note: The list below is not a comprehensive list. There may be additional disinfectants that meet the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for Ebola Virus and EPA will update this list with additional products as needed. Companies that wish to add their product(s) to the list, see guidance below.

List of Disinfectants for Use Against the Ebola Virus (10 pp, 563 K, About PDF) - Updated August 2015

Companies with EPA-registered disinfectants that want their products added to List L, should provide the information as outlined below.

  1. Refer to the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for Ebola Virus and Interim Guidance for the U.S. Residence Decontamination for Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) and Removal of Contaminated Waste for the types of antimicrobial products recommended for use against the Ebola virus.

  2. Provide a spreadsheet with the information listed in the example below.
    Product Information Use Site
    Registration Number Marketed Product Name Hospital/Health Care Facilities (Y/N) Institutional (including schools, office buildings) (Y/N) Residential (Y/N)
    xxx-xx-xx Make It Vanish Y N Y

  3. If your company holds the primary registration, provide the most recent EPA stamped “accepted” label. A label notification is not sufficient. This may mean that the most current stamped “accepted” label has a subsequent notification. That is fine. EPA needs the stamped “accepted” label. If your company holds only a distributor/supplemental label, provide a copy of the current distributor/supplemental label.

  4. The following language needs to be highlighted in the text of the label
    1. “Disinfectant”, “disinfects”, or any other form of the word “disinfect”,
    2. At least one non-envelope virus (e.g. norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, poliovirus),
    3. Hospital/health care facilities use site or the equivalent microbial pathogen claims, and
    4. Any other use sites identified on the label per the template above.

  5. In addition to meeting the criteria in the CDC Guidance, a registered product must also be recently registered or satisfy the Antimicrobial Testing Program (ATP) in order for the product to be included in List L.
    1. If a registered product is on the ATP list and appears in either the “Agency Taking Action” column or the “No Post-Market Testing By EPA” column and was not registered recently, it will not appear on List L. See the ATP list to confirm a product's status https://www.epa.gov/oppad001/atp-product-list.pdf.
    2. If a product appears in the “No Post-Market Testing By EPA” column and a registrant wants to pursue having the product moved to the “Agency Confirmed Efficacy” column, please refer to the Antimicrobial Testing Program.

  6. Email the spreadsheet and label(s) to disinfectantslist@epa.gov.

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