The World Health Organization has named the COVID-19 outbreak associated with transmission of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 a global pandemic. First reported from Wuhan, China, in December 2019, the virus has rapidly spread across continents, and is a potent economic threat as well as a public health crisis.
All healthcare providers, including (but not limited to) hospitals, ambulatory/surgical centers, long-term care facilities, physician practices, clinics, and dentistry offices, should be assessing their preparedness and identifying antimicrobial products effective against SARS-CoV-2. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings states:
Routine cleaning and disinfection procedures (e.g., using cleaners and water to pre-clean surfaces prior to applying an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant to frequently touched surfaces or objects for appropriate contact times as indicated on the product's label) are appropriate for SARS-CoV-2 in healthcare settings, including those patient-care areas in which aerosol-generating procedures are performed. Refer to List N on the EPA website for EPA-registered disinfectants that have qualified under EPA's emerging viral pathogens program for use against SARS-CoV-2.
On March 3, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2. EPA updated this list on April 16, 2020. Manufacturers of reusable, noncritical medical devices and equipment may recommend the use of certain generic disinfectants (e.g., sodium hypochlorite) at certain concentrations. But List N does not specify disinfectant concentrations.
To help you more easily determine whether any products on the list match manufacturer disinfectant recommendations, we've created a table listing the disinfectant concentrations and contact times for products in List N. To compile this information, we searched EPA product registrations, amendments, master labels, and other applications. As EPA continues to update List N, we will update our table as needed.