UV lights to kill viruses and bacteria are regulated by the EPA
by Dr. Michael R. Linford
November 19, 2020
The United States EPA issued a compliance advisory regarding regulations about UV Lights that claim to kill or be effective against viruses and bacteria. The primary purpose of this Compliance Advisory is to provide an explanation to the ultraviolet (UV) light industry that UV lights are regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) as pesticide devices when sold or distributed with claims to kill or be otherwise effective against viruses and/or bacteria, unless an exception applies, and must comply with certain statutory and regulatory requirements.
From the Advisory (EPA Document # 305F20004):
Are UV lights regulated by EPA?
UV lights that are sold or distributed with claims that the product can be used for preventing, destroying repelling, or mitigating any pest (plant, animal, virus, bacteria or other micro-organism) are federally regulated by EPA under FIFRA as a device, in particular FIFRA Sections 2(q) and Section 7. Generally, without such claims, a UV light would not be subject to FIFRA.
What is a pesticide device?
Under FIFRA, a pesticide device is an instrument that is used to destroy, repel, trap, or mitigate any pests. A device must work solely by physical means (such as electricity, light or mechanics). If the device incorporates a substance or mixture of substances to perform its intended pesticidal purpose, then it is considered a pesticide product, not a device.
What are the compliance concerns related to UV lights?
There may be members of the UV light industry who are unfamiliar with FIFRA and may not be aware of statutory and regulatory requirements. For example, they may be unaware that it is a violation of FIFRA to sell or distribute pesticidal UV light devices that are misbranded or that have not been produced in an EPA-registered establishment. EPA has been receiving complaints that UV light devices may be in violation of FIFRA. These complaints are being reviewed and EPA intends to pursue enforcement, as appropriate. See EPA’s May 2020 compliance advisory on products making claims to kill the coronavirus that causes COVID 19 at https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-05/documents/cornavirus-compliance- advisory.pdf and any subsequent updates.
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