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EPA Changing Stance on Green Claims for Disinfectants and Sanitizers

greencleaningThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will recommend the adoption of a policy that allows suppliers to make claims of “environmental preferability” for marketing disinfectants and sanitizers, reports Infection Control Today, citing The Ashkin Group as the source.

This signals a significant departure from the EPA’s policy that prohibits “green” claims to be made with the promotion of any EPA-registered product. It also signals good news for manufacturers of disinfectants and sanitizers that can benefit from the new green label.

EPA officials are expected to recommend that the agency allow suppliers to make factual claims of environmental preferability in conjunction with disinfectants and sanitizers, and allow the use of “ecolabels” in conjunction with the marketing of hard surface antimicrobial products, according to the article.  The latter policy would be conducted in cooperation with the EPA Design for the Environment Formulator Program (DfE).

The EPA is expected to make the recommendations on green claims at the April 22-23 meeting of EPA’s Pesticide Policy Dialogue Committee.

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