Antimicrobial Copper is a whole new category of building materials that can supplement infection control practices in healthcare facilities and beyond.
The Cu+ logo is used by leading manufacturers that have successfully signed up with the Copper Development Association to use the Antimicrobial Copper brand. These manufacturers produce hospital equipment, furniture and fittings that are used in today's hospital architecture and interior design. They can use the logo to indicate that their products are made from Antimicrobial Copper, a highly effective* antimicrobial touch surface material.
Antimicrobial Copper is the first solid metallic building material registered by the U.S. EPA to continuously kill bacteria*. Learn more about our EPA registration and the rigorous efficacy testing that Antimicrobial Copper passed in order to obtain a Public Health Registration.
The use of the brand is controlled as described below:
Within the United States
If a fabricator or product manufacturer wishes to use the Antimicrobial Copper brand, name or mark to market their products within the US, they must obtain permission from the US Copper Development Association and be registered with the US EPA at the federal and state level. Continued permission to use the brand, name or mark will require ongoing adherence to strict usage rules and marketing guidelines, as well as the ability of the user to document that all relevant products are in fact made from EPA registered Antimicrobial Copper alloys. Failure to comply with EPA usage rules could result in registration being revoked and/or legal action by EPA.
Outside the United States
If a fabricator or product manufacturer wishes to use the Antimicrobial Copper brand, name or mark to market their products outside of the US, they must first obtain permission from the International Copper Association or their local Copper Center. Continued permission to use the brand, name or mark will require ongoing adherence to strict usage rules, as well as the ability of the user to document that all relevant products are in fact made from recognized Antimicrobial Copper alloys.
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.
Some specific 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 important that current hygiene practices are continued, including those related to the cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces.
*Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, antimicrobial copper surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: MRSA, VRE, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas 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 or infections; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices.