Conditions of Use

Find out about the eligibility criteria for use of the  Antimicrobial Copper brand and marks.

As the global industry representative, the International Copper Association, Ltd (ICA) working with New York based Copper Development Association Inc. established a brand containing both service and certification marks. The Antimicrobial Copper marks helped ensure that the ICA and its global network of Copper Centres, addressed our stewardship with regard to the deployment of copper and copper alloys in the field.

The use of the Antimicrobial Copper marks by an organisation indicates that the ICA has given permission to do so based upon their adherence to particular rules outlined in the Conditions of Use. These rules guide that organisation's understanding of the underlying technology and the way they promote, advise and deploy it in line with existing research, regulatory and legislative requirements.

The marks were designed to highlight accredited Antimicrobial Copper products and suppliers and to assist specifiers and end users in procurement of products and services.

As many companies have now developed their own brands, the Antimicrobial Copper brand is being withdrawn and applications will no longer be considered.

For information during the phase out of the brand, the Conditions of Use are below.


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.

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