Antimicrobial Copper Regulations


What constitutes an antimicrobial copper alloy?

  • Antimicrobial copper materials are copper alloys that are, at a minimum, 60% copper
  • These alloys have been demonstrated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as being antimicrobial and are referred to as "Antimicrobial Copper"
  • The Copper Development Association (CDA) is the driving organization for the antimicrobial copper industry
  • The CDA has taken extensive measures to get over 280 antimicrobial copper alloys approved by the EPA in 2008 and 2009

If this is so powerful, isn't it regulated?

  • Antimicrobial copper is regulated as a pesticide
  • For a pesticide (liquids, gases or, in this case, a hard surface) to legally be claimed as a substance that kills pathogens, it must be approved by the EPA
  • For the EPA to approve such claims, the products are rigorously tested and must demonstrate antimicrobial activity
  • The manufacturers of the antimicrobial copper alloy materials, and the alloy itself, must be registered with the EPA. The EPA mandates product requirements to ensure the product performs and complies to its claims.
  • For you to claim that the hospital equipment you make is antimicrobial, the antimicrobial copper alloy must be registered as such by the EPA, and it must be purchased from an EPA-registered supplier of antimicrobial copper alloys
  • This is the first time the EPA has approved a solid surface as a “pesticide” 

Midbrook Medical is an EPA registered fabricator of antimicrobial copper alloys