To help control the spread of the recent monkeypox outbreak, the EPA added monkeypox to their Emerging Viral Pathogens (EVP) Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticides. EVPs are newly introduced or currently existing pathogens that rapidly infect populations. The EVP Guidance is an outline allowing approval of certain off-label surface disinfectant claims for specified rare pathogens. This month, monkeypox joins SARS-CoV-2 on the list of viruses allowed for potential testing claims.
Microchem is monitoring this outbreak and will provide updates if spread continues or if the data suggests it has pandemic potential. Contact Karen Ramm at [email protected] to discuss virucidal test methods and claims.