All the content from this Antimicrobial section of www.copper.org has moved to AntimicrobialCopper.com.
AntimicrobialCopper.com is an introduction to the world’s most effective* touch surface material. This site provides information about the science behind Antimicrobial Copper™, where to find products that use Antimicrobial Copper™ and how to become an Antimicrobial Copper™ partner.
In addition, the site contains information related to public health registration of antimicrobial copper alloys by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Copper Development Association (CDA), the International Copper Association and their members have pioneered the efforts to attain this ground-breaking registration. This site, as well as www.copper.org, is administered by the Copper Development Association (CDA).
* Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, Antimicrobial Copper™ kills greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: MRSA, Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (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. Just like other antimicrobial products, they have been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but do not necessarily prevent cross contamination; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices. Michels et al, Lett Appl Microbiol, 49 (2009) 191-195 demonstrated that Antimicrobial Copper™ outperforms two commercially available silver-containing coatings under typical indoor conditions.