The Official Brand of the World's Most Effective Antimicrobial Touch Surface Material

Antimicrobial Copper Passed All the Tests

Antimicrobial Copper kills bacteria* that threaten patient safety and increase infections through our healthcare system.

After many years of independent laboratory testing, followed by additional rigorous testing under U.S. EPA approved protocols, 479 copper alloys (including brass and bronze) were registered as public health antimicrobial products by U.S. EPA on February 29, 2008.

Antimicrobial Copper alloy products can claim to kill 99.9% of disease causing bacteria within two hours.

EPA registration means there is actually a legal U.S. federal government decision acknowledging the efficacy of Antimicrobial Copper products against the 6 following disease-causing bacteria:

  • E. coli O157:H7, a food-borne pathogen that has been associated with large-scale food recalls;
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), one of the most virulent strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and a constant culprit to patient safety and quality in healthcare environments;
  • Staphylococcus aureus, the most common of all bacterial staphylococcus (i.e. staph) infections that can cause life-threatening diseases, including pneumonia and meningitis;
  • Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE), an antibiotic resistant organism responsible for 4% of all Healthcare-Associated Infection;
  • Enterobacter aerogenes, a pathogenic bacterium commonly found in hospitals that causes opportunistic skin infections and impacts other body tissues; and,
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that infects the pulmonary tracts, urinary tracts, blood, and skin of immunocompromised individuals.

Antimicrobial Copper alloys are solid surface materials.  This is unlike many traditional infection control products marketed with public health claims.  These products are typically gases, liquids, sprays, and concentrated powders.

Antimicrobial Copper products can only be sold by registered manufacturers using registered copper alloys. View a complete list of U.S. EPA registered copper alloys.

For more information on EPA registration requirements for suppliers and product manufacturers, please visit: EPA Registration - Getting Started.

To review the complete list of EPA approved uses for Antimicrobial Copper, please read: EPA Approved Uses

 

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* Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, Antimicrobial Copper™ kills greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: MRSA, Vancomycin-ResistantEnterococcus faecalis (VRE), Staphylococcus aureusEnterobacter aerogenesPseudomonas aeruginosa, and E. coli O157:H7. Antimicrobial Copper surfaces are a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices and have been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but do not necessarily prevent cross contamination; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices.  Michels et al, Lett Appl Microbiol, 49 (2009) 191-195 demonstrated that Antimicrobial Copper™ outperforms two commercially available silver-containing coatings under typical indoor conditions.

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