[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 124 (Wednesday, June 27, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 38280-38281]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-15604]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-OPP-2009-0681; FRL-9349-5]


Final Test Guidelines; 810 Series 2000 Product Performance; 
Notice of Availability

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: EPA is announcing the availability of the final test 
guidelines for Series 810--Product Performance Test Guidelines for 
Public Health Uses of Antimicrobial Agents, concerning specifically 
OCSPP 810.2400--Disinfectants and Sanitizers for Use on Fabrics and 
Textiles--Efficacy Data Recommendations; OSCPP 810.2500--Air 
Sanitizers--Efficacy Data

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Recommendations; and OSCPP 810.2600--Disinfectants and Sanitizers for 
Use in Water--Efficacy Data Recommendations. These test guidelines are 
part of a series of test guidelines established by the Office of 
Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) for use in testing 
pesticides and chemical substances to develop data for submission to 
the Agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Federal 
Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and section 408 of 
the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). As guidance 
documents, the final test guidelines are not binding on either EPA or 
any outside parties. These test guidelines are final and effective 90 
days after publication of this notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information contact: 
Melissa Chun, Regulatory Coordination Staff (7101M), Office of Chemical 
Safety and Pollution Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: 
(202) 564-1605; email address: chun.melissa@epa.gov.
    For technical information contact: Michele E. Wingfield, 
Antimicrobials Division, (7510P), Office of Pesticide Programs, 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., 
Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (410) 305-2662; email 
address: wingfield.michele@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Introduction

    These test guidelines are part of a series of test guidelines 
established by OCSPP for use in testing pesticides and chemical 
substances to develop data for submission to the Agency under TSCA (15 
U.S.C. 2601 et seq.), FIFRA (7 U.S.C. 136 et seq.), and FFDCA section 
408 (21 U.S.C. 346a).
    The test guidelines serve as a compendium of accepted scientific 
methodologies and protocols that are intended to provide data to inform 
regulatory decisions under TSCA, FIFRA, and/or FFDCA. The test 
guidelines provide guidance for conducting the test, and are also used 
by EPA, the public, and companies that are subject to data submission 
requirements under TSCA, FIFRA and/or FFDCA.
    As guidance documents, the test guidelines are not binding on 
either EPA or any outside parties, and EPA may depart from the test 
guidelines where circumstances warrant and without prior notice. At 
places in these guidance documents, the Agency uses the word 
``should.'' In these guidance documents, use of ``should'' with regard 
to an action means that the action is recommended rather than 
mandatory. The procedures contained in the test guidelines are 
recommended for generating the data that are the subject of the test 
guidelines, but EPA recognizes that departures may be appropriate in 
specific situations. You may propose alternatives to the 
recommendations described in the test guidelines, and the Agency will 
assess them for appropriateness on a case-by-case basis.

II. General Information

A. Does this action apply to me?

    This action is directed to the public in general. Although this 
action may be of particular interest to those persons who are or may be 
required to conduct testing of pesticides and chemical substances for 
submission to EPA under TSCA, FIFRA and/or FFDCA, the Agency has not 
attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by 
this action. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of 
this action to a particular entity, consult the technical person listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

B. How can I get copies of this document and other related information?

    1. Docket for this document. The docket for this action, identified 
by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0681, is available 
either electronically through http://www.regulations.gov or in hard 
copy at the OPP Docket in the Environmental Protection Agency Docket 
Center (EPA/DC), located in EPA West, Rm. 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. 
NW. Washington, DC 20460-0001. The Public Reading Room is open from 
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal 
holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 
566-1744, and the telephone number for the OPP Docket is (703) 305-
5805. Please review the visitor instructions and additional information 
about the docket available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.
    2. Electronic access to the OCSPP Test Guidelines. To access OCSPP 
test guidelines electronically, please go to http://www.epa.gov/ocspp/pubs/frs/home/testmeth.htm. You may also access the test guidelines in 
http://www.regulations.gov, grouped by series under docket ID numbers: 
EPA-HQ-OPPT-2009-0150 through EPA-HQ-OPPT-2009-0159 and EPA-HQ-OPPT-
2009-0576.

III. Overview

A. What action is EPA taking?

    EPA is announcing the availability of final test guidelines under 
Series 810--Product Performance Test Guidelines for Public Health Uses 
of Antimicrobial Agents:
    1. OCSPP 810.2400--Disinfectants and Sanitizers for Use on Fabrics 
and Textiles--Efficacy Data Recommendations .
    2. OSCPP 810.2500--Air Sanitizers--Efficacy Data Recommendations.
    3. OSCPP 810.2600--Disinfectants and Sanitizers for Use in Water--
Efficacy Data Recommendations.

These final test guidelines address efficacy testing for antimicrobial 
agents intended to be used as disinfectants and sanitizers for use on 
fabrics, on textiles, in the air and in water.

B. How were these final test guidelines developed?

    The product performance guidelines for antimicrobial agents were 
last updated in 1982 under the ``Pesticide Assessment Guidelines--
Subdivision G, Product Performance.'' Since then, the Agency has 
presented several issues at two separate meetings of the FIFRA 
Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) related to the conduct of studies for 
antimicrobial agents (the first meeting September 9-10, 1997, announced 
in the Federal Register issue of July 14, 1997 (62 FR 37584) (FRL-5731-
4) and the second meeting July 17-19, 2007, announced in the Federal 
Register issue of March 14, 2007 (72 FR 11867) (FRL-8118-7). 
Information and recommendations regarding these two SAPs can be found 
at the Office of Science and Coordination and Policy's Web site: http://www.epa.gov/scipoly/sap/index.htm. The test guidelines described in 
Unit III were also made available for public comment on September 15, 
2011 (76 FR 57031) (FRL 8879-1) and revised based on comments received 
from industry. In addition, formatting changes to incorporate the test 
guidelines into the OCSPP test guideline 810 series were made.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Chemical testing, Test guidelines.

    Dated: June 19, 2012.
James Jones,
Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution 
Prevention.
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