Triclosan: Regulation and Policy
8, 2010) EPA announced a 60-day public comment period for the petition
filed by Beyond Pesticides and Food and Water Watch to ban the controversial
antimicrobial pesticide Triclosan for non-medical use. The petition filed
on January 14, 2010 identified pervasive and widespread use of Triclosan
and the agency's failure to address Triclosan's impacts on human and environmental
health, conduct assessments for residues in drinking water and food and
concerns related to antibacterial resistance and endocrine disruption.
The petition cites various violations of numerous environmental statues
including the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and the Endangered
Urges FDA to Ban Triclosan.
Pesticides tells FDA that Triclosan is too hazardous to the aquatic environment
FDA and EPA respond to calls to ban Triclosan (April 8, 2010). Prompted by a 2009 petition by Beyond Pesticides, Food & Water Watch and others outlining the dangers associated with Triclosan and echoed by Rep. Markey's (D-MA) letters of concern, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) responded, "existing data raise valid concerns about the [health] effects of repetitive daily human exposure to these antiseptic ingredients,” and announced plans to address the use of Triclosan in cosmetics or other products. In its response, EPA maintains that the agency does not currently plan to reevaluate its regulations surrounding the use of Triclosan until 2013.
Beyond Pesticides and others petition EPA to ban consumer uses of Triclosan (January 14, 2010). Beyond Pesticides, Food & Water Watch and 80 other organizations petitioned EPA to ban Triclosan for non-medical applications on the basis that those uses violate federal laws regulating pesticide registration, clean and safe drinking water, and endangered species.
Beyond Pesticides and others petition FDA to ban consumer uses of Triclosan (July 14, 2009) Beyond Pesticides and Food & Water Watch petitioned FDA to ban Triclosan for non-medical applications on the basis that those uses violate federal law.
Groups tell EPA to restrict Triclosan (December 29, 2008). Groups sign statement seeking to restrict Triclosan citing EPA health and environmental standards too weak (read comments to EPA). Tell EPA to ban the non-medical uses of Triclosan.
Triclosan RED, allows continued use of toxic chemical (October
29, 2008). The EPA released its final Reregistration Eligibility Decision
(RED) document for Triclosan which contained several amendments to the
risk assessment as a result of comments submitted by Beyond Pesticides
dozens of public health and environmental groups. However, despite many
lingering issues related to Triclosan's continued threat to human and
environmental health, the agency concluded that Triclosan is eligible
Groups Tell EPA to Stop Uses of Anti-Bacterial Consumer Products (July 7, 2008). In comments to EPA on its new risk assessment and evaluation of the widely used anti-bacterial chemical Triclosan groups point to health and environmental effects and call for end to consumer products. Read the press release and comments to EPA.
FDA asks for data on Triclosan (October, 25, 2005) The Non-Prescription Drug Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a call for further research regarding the risks and benefits of specific consumer antibacterial products.
In general, EPA regulates all of the pesticidal uses of antibacterials when they are used as a preservative, a fungicide, or a biocide, such as with Microban® in plastics. Articles or products that claim to be effective in controlling microorganisms such as E.coli etc, must be registered as a pesticide, once the product makes a public health claim that goes beyond the use of the pesticide as a preservative to protect the product itself.
According to the EPA,
For more information visit EPA's Consumer Products Treated with Pesticides