If it has the Cu+ mark, it’s continuously killing pathogenic microbes
Antimicrobial Copper is the umbrella term for a range of copper alloys including brass, bronze and copper-nickel with rapid and broad spectrum efficacy against disease-causing bacteria, viruses and fungi. No other material is proven to be more effective at continuously killing microbes that cause infections.
The Antimicrobial Copper Service Mark (logo) and Certification Mark (Cu+) are used by leading material suppliers, designers, specifiers and manufacturers of components and systems, to indicate their products and services employ Antimicrobial Copper.
The marks signify scientific validation that products are made from the most effective antimicrobial material, backed by peer-reviewed published laboratory and clinical research and independent verification through US EPA registration. Antimicrobial Copper is the only solid metal touch surface registered by the US EPA to continuously kill bacteria that cause infections, including MRSA, Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis and E. coli O157:H7.
Antimicrobial Copper Logo (Service Mark)
The logo is used by companies on their promotional materials to indicate that they are approved and comply with certain eligibility criteria.
Antimicrobial Copper Mark
The Mark indicates that products bearing it are made from approved antimicrobial copper alloys intended for use in appropriate environments and are provided by suppliers that have agreed to meet the technical requirements of the registration scheme.
The use of the brand
If an alloy producer/stockist, product manufacturer, service provider, designer or architect wishes to use the Antimicrobial Copper brand to market their products and services outside of the US, they must first obtain permission from the International Copper Association, Ltd via their local Copper Centre (Copper Development Association for UK and Ireland). Compliance with the defined Conditions of Use and signing of a Trademark License Agreement is required and an annual admin fee is payable.
Continued permission to use the brand will require ongoing adherence to strict usage rules, as well as the ability of the user to document that all relevant products are made from recognised Antimicrobial Copper alloys.
Simple steps to sign up to the brand
- Read the Conditions of Use—this is useful background for all those interested in Antimicrobial Copper and sets out the eligibility criteria.
- Complete the appropriate application form and send it to your local Copper Centre for review.
- Your application will be reviewed and we will contact you with any questions or if clarification is needed.
- If supported, you will be sent a certificate and Trade Mark Licence agreement.
- You will be contacted about marketing and a directory listing.
You can become part of the growing Cu+ supply chain within a couple of weeks. Visit the Conditions of Use page to get started.
Within the United States
There are additional requirements for marketing in the United States as Antimicrobial Copper is registered with the US EPA as an antimicrobial public health material. Wherever you intend to market, your local Copper Centre is the point of contact.
If a fabricator or product manufacturer wishes to use the Antimicrobial Copper brand to market their products within the US, they must obtain permission from Copper Development Association Inc. and be registered with the US EPA.
Continued permission to use the brand will require ongoing adherence to strict usage rules, as well as the ability of the user to document that all relevant products are made from recognised Antimicrobial Copper alloys. Failure to comply with EPA usage rules will result in registration being revoked and/or legal action. For further information, visit the US section of this site.
Copper and copper alloys are engineering materials that are durable, colourful and recyclable and are widely available in various product forms suitable for a range of manufacturing purposes. Copper and its alloys offer a suite of materials for designers of functional, sustainable and cost-effective products.
Copper and certain copper alloys have intrinsic antimicrobial properties (so-called ‘Antimicrobial Copper’) and products made from these materials have an additional, secondary benefit of contributing to hygienic design. Products made from Antimicrobial Copper are a supplement to, not a substitute for standard infection control practices. It is essential that current hygiene practices are continued, including those related to the cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces.