EPA posts antimicrobial testing program on web page
EPA posted an Antimicrobial Testing Program (ATP) web page to inform the public of post-registration efficacy test results of disinfectant products on the market for use in hospitals and other public health facilities. EPA conducts post-registration testing of public health antimicrobial products to ensure that marketed products are effective against target microorganisms when used according to their label directions. The ATP has been testing hospital sterilants, disinfectants, and tuberculocides since 1991 to help ensure that products in the marketplace continue to meet stringent efficacy standards. Products bearing claims to control organisms that may pose a threat to human health, either directly or through transmission of disease-causing organisms on environmental surfaces, are considered public health-related antimicrobials and require efficacy data to support labeling claims and patterns of use. Under the ATP, EPA and state contract laboratories conduct tests to verify an antimicrobial product’s effectiveness. EPA has set the end of 2011 as the goal for completing the post-registration efficacy evaluation of the remaining hospital disinfectants and tuberculocides under the ATP. The web page at http://www.epa.gov/oppad001/antimicrobial-testing-program.html includes a list of products tested and their status.