February 16, 2021

US EPA recently has approved two new products for use on surfaces in the battle to kill SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

On February 10, 2021, EPA announced that it had approved a copper alloy product, made of at least 95.6 % copper, as a product that kills the virus upon contact. Thus, all products containing the copper alloy product can be sold as providing long-term disinfection against the virus. Specifically, EPA’s approved use on surfaces of the copper alloy product registered to the Copper Development Association (CDA) [EPA Reg. No. 82012 1]. CDA’s registration had previously been approved under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide & Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), for more than a decade, albeit for other purposes. Products using the approved antimicrobial copper alloys will be added to EPA’s List N appendix of supplemental antimicrobial products that can be used to kill SARS CoV 2 virus particles that contact surfaces treated with the copper alloys.

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