On April 29, the HCPA Antimicrobial Products Division spoke with senior management from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP).
HCPA thanked the Agency for all their work in response to the coronavirus pandemic and expressed their support for the Agency’s recent actions to create flexibilities in response to supply chain issues, including allowing companies to change the source of certain ingredients in disinfectants without first notifying the EPA. HCPA explained that these flexibilities also need to be extended to other areas of critical infrastructure that are being impacted by COVID-19, such as sanitizing products at food production facilities, additional hard surface disinfectants, and laundry sanitizer disinfectant products.
The OPP was receptive to these recommendations and asked HCPA for directions on how to implement them. HCPA also plans to review the EPA and CDC guidance that was released prior to the call about cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, schools and homes.