Protection is about the person, not the product
Antimicrobial Copper is the only solid surface material registered by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continuously kill bacteria* that pose a threat to human health. No other touch surface, including silver-containing coatings, has this kind of registration.
Antimicrobial Copper is the most effective touch surface and is
the only such material with a US EPA public health
registration. This type of registration means that
Antimicrobial Copper kills specific bacteria* that cause infections
and pose a threat to human health.
Silver-containing coatings do not have public health
Instead, these coatings are marketed under the so-called
'treated article exemption' which means the antimicrobial agent may
only protect the product itself from non-specific bacteria that
cause odour and degradation. Such products are not proven to
offer people any protection against disease-causing bacteria.
In contrast, products made from Antimicrobial Copper can be
marketed in the US with the following public health claims:
Laboratory testing has shown that when cleaned
- This surface continuously reduces bacterial* contamination,
achieving 99.9% reduction within two hours of exposure.
- This surface kills greater than 99.9% of Gram-negative and
Gram-positive bacteria* within two hours of exposure.
- This surface delivers continuous and ongoing antibacterial*
action, remaining effective in killing greater than 99.9% of
bacteria* within two hours.
- This surface kills greater than 99.9% of bacteria* within two
hours, and continues to kill more than 99% of bacteria* even after
- This surface helps inhibit the buildup and growth of bacteria*
within two hours of exposure between routine cleaning and
*Peer reviewed scientific publications show Antimicrobial Copper
to be effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi and moulds,
including MRSA, Influenza A (H1N1), Clostridium difficile
Antimicrobial Copper is the only touch surface material to have
efficacy data independently verified through the US Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) registration which supports the claim to
continuously kill more than 99.9% of the bacteria that cause HCAIs
within two hours of contact. Organisms tested are MRSA,
Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes,
Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli O157:H7 and
Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis.
Further work1 has demonstrated that Antimicrobial
Copper outperforms two commercially available silver-containing
coatings under typical indoor conditions.
A study2 on a busy medical ward at Selly Oak Hospital
showed a 90-100% reduction in contamination on Antimicrobial Copper
surfaces compared to surfaces made of conventional materials.
Trials in the US and Chile confirm these results. Antimicrobial
Copper surfaces are a supplement to, and not a substitute for,
standard infection control practices and have been shown to reduce
 Effects of temperature and humidity on the
efficacy of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
challenged antimicrobial materials containing silver and
copper. H T Michels, J O Noyce and C W Keevil, Letters in
Applied Microbiology, 49 (2009) 191-195.
Role of copper in reducing hospital environment contamination.
A L Casey, D Adams, T J Karpanen, P A Lambert, B D Cookson, P
Nightingale, L Miruszenko, R Shillam, P Christian and T S J
Elliott, J Hosp Infect (2009).