Behind this highly effective antimicrobial touch surface is a unified organization guiding an industry to apply new and old copper technologies to solve modern problems on a global scale.
As a not-for-profit organization, the Copper Development Association (CDA) and Copper Alliance seeks to discover, research, and apply new and old copper technologies to solve modern problems. CDA works directly with the companies that fabricate and produce copper materials to leverage the experience of an entire industry, and implement copper-based solutions where they will provide a direct benefit to end-users.
After discovering a study published in 1983, Dr. Harold Michels of CDA began to unravel the antimicrobial properties of copper. Although this property of copper has been exploited for centuries, it was the combined effort of the industry that brought these remarkable materials to the frontline in the fight against a deadly problem growing in every corner of the world.
Because societal problems are more than just a domestic concern, CDA works in tandem with the International Copper Association (ICA) to help innovative solutions like Antimicrobial Copper reach global markets.
Together, the organization behind the brand communicates the unique attributes that make this sustainable element an essential contributor to the formation of life, to advances in science and technology, and to a higher standard of living worldwide.
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.