This group supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts to protect public health and the environment through the Residual Risk and Technology Review (RTR) process and recognizes the
need to develop stringent emissions standards to mitigate any potential hazards posed by Ethylene Oxide (EtO) emissions. However, they are also cautious of the impact these changes may have on the availability and timely delivery of biotherapeutics to patients who rely on them. Biotherapeutics, including vaccines, therapeutics, and other life-saving medications, play a crucial role in improving patient health outcomes and saving lives. For the biopharmaceutical industry, EtO sterilization is a critical process used to ensure product safety and efficacy. The EtO Response team raised several concerns regarding the potential impact of the proposed rule changes on the biotherapeutics market. This document discusses the concerns.

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