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Antimicrobial Pesticide Registration
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- What are antimicrobial pesticides
- Pre-application meeting
- Guidance Documents
- Antimicrobial testing program
- Work plans
An antimicrobial pesticide is intended to disinfect, sanitize, reduce, or mitigate growth or development of microbiological organisms or protect inanimate objects, industrial processes or systems, surfaces, water, or other chemical substances from contamination, fouling, or deterioration caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, algae, or slime. In the intended use it is exempt from, or otherwise not subject to, a tolerance or a food additive regulation.
Wood preservatives and anti-foulants are classified as antimicrobial pesticides if the products have antimicrobial claims. Other wood preservative, anti-foulant, agricultural fungicide, and aquatic herbicide products are either classified as conventionals or biopesticides. Learn More>>>
Before assembling an application for product registration or an amendment to a product registration, an applicant or registrant should first consider scheduling a pre-application meeting. The pre-application meeting provides an opportunity to discuss and confirm the data and labeling requirements that apply to that application. To schedule a meeting, please go to the Antimicrobials Division Contact List for the Antimicrobial Division Ombudsman or the appropriate Product Team contact person.
Requirements for All Applicants
- Overview of Requirements for Pesticide Registration and Registrant Obligations
- Data Requirements
Additional Requirements for Antimicrobials
- Additional Considerations for Antimicrobial Products
- Efficacy Requirements for Antimicrobial Pesticides
- Policy and Guidance Documents
- Antimicrobial Policy and Guidance Documents
- Harmonized Test Guidelines
- Pesticide Registration Notices
- Disinfectant Technical Science Section (DIS/TIS)
- Find out about determining if cleaning products are considered as pesticides under FIFRA
The Antimicrobial Testing Program ensures that EPA-approved hospital disinfectants and tuberculocides in the marketplace continue to meet stringent efficacy standards.
Under the ATP, we have tested samples of EPA-registered products from manufacturers, distributors and sellers of hospital sterilants, disinfectants and tuberculocides. The ATP’s efficacy test methods provide a rigorous challenge to the product. We adopted high standards to ensure that products will be effective even when extremely high pathogen levels are present.
Hospital sterilants, disinfectants and tuberculocides that do not meet the ATP standards are brought into compliance through regulatory or enforcement measures.