EPA releases DfE logo for Antimicrobial Product Consumer Safety Standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on May 11, 2022 that it is launching a new, modern Design for the Environment (DfE) logo that will appear on antimicrobial products such as disinfectants and sanitizers during next year. The EPA wants the DfE logo to help consumers and commercial buyers identify antimicrobial products that meet the health and safety standards of the typical pesticide registration process required by the federal Insecticides, Fungicides, and Chemicals Act. rodenticides (FIFRA), as well as other stringent criteria required by APE. To qualify for the DfE logo, every ingredient in a product must meet a rigorous set of chemical and toxicological standards.

The EPA says it has seen an increase in engagement in recent years from consumers, schools and other organizations wanting to learn more about how products affect their health and health. environment. According to the EPA, the updated logo should make it easier for shoppers to find DfE-certified products, which will encourage companies to seek certification for their products.

DfE products meet criteria that assess human health and environmental effects, product performance, packaging and ingredients. According to the EPA, the requirements aim to:

– Minimize possible risks to human health by excluding ingredients that may have the
potential to adversely affect young children, cause cancer or have other adverse effects;
– Further protect fish and other forms of aquatic life;
– Minimize pollution of the air or waterways and prevent the addition of harmful chemicals to the
earth; and
– Ensure that products have no unresolved compliance, application or effectiveness issues.

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The EPA notes that it does not consider the logo an endorsement. Instead, as in describing a pesticide as “EPA registered” because the EPA has found that it meets the FIFRA registration standard, the DfE logo indicates that the EPA has reviewed the product and that the product meets the FIFRA registration standard, as well as the DfE standards. program. DfE certification offers companies the opportunity to work towards achieving their sustainability goals. The EPA provides information on how registrants can obtain DfE certification.

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