Antimicrobial Copper became the first solid metal to ever gain EPA Public Health Registration and is registered in the FIFRA (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.
As a condition of registration, EPA has mandated the creation of a forum to serve as an information clearinghouse and resource for conveying accurate information to the public and infection control community about the efficacy of Antimicrobial Copper products. This section will correct any unapproved third party statements or publications, including scientific papers, concerning Antimicrobial Copper Alloys.
To view all EPA-Registered Publich Health Claims, please visit our 'EPA Registration' or 'Public Health Claim' page. These pages will show you the bacteria, kill rates, and claims that are legally permissible by the EPA.
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.