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EPA Opens Public Comment for Draft PRN on Antimicrobials with Mold-Related Label Claims
(December 2012)

EPA is seeking public comments on a draft of Pesticide Registration Notice (PRN) proposing guidelines on product performance (efficacy) and labeling for “mold-related” antimicrobial pesticide products. Mold related pesticides are antimicrobial pesticides that bear a label claim to inhibit or destroy mold and mildew growth on hard, nonporous and porous surfaces in indoor environments. EPA registers a range of mold-related pesticide products used for mold remediation, mold prevention, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration.

Since certain molds cause a variety of adverse human health effects, EPA wants to ensure that consumers are equipped with better product information to make informed decisions on selecting which mold-related products best suit their needs. EPA hopes this guidance will improve protection of public health through proper labeling of mold-related pesticides and ensuring label claims are supported by valid efficacy data.

The PRN outlines when EPA expects applicants or registrants to submit efficacy data in support of label claims of certain mold-related pesticides. Additionally, the PRN describes labeling of mold-related pesticides so that products intended for aesthetic purposes can be clearly distinguishable from products intended for public health.

Please submit comments on the draft PRN at
www.regulations.gov Docket ID # EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0539 by February 11, 2013. To view a copy of the draft PRN, visit www.regulations.gov Document ID # EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0539-0081.

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