ASTM Developing Standards on Antimicrobial Copper

ASTM International Committee B05 on Copper and Copper Alloys has created a new task group, TG9018, that will focus on the Antimicrobial Applications of Copper and Copper Alloys. The group was formed following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's announcement of its registration of copper alloys as antimicrobial materials with specific health claims.

According to James Michel, Copper Development Association and chair of the new B05 task group, the mission of TG9018 will be to share current research, activity, product applications, and registration activities surrounding antimicrobial aspects of copper as they relate to changes in current B05 product standards or require the development of new standards.

EPA registration notes that copper, brass, and bronze are capable of killing harmful, potentially deadly bacteria. The registration is based on independent laboratory testing under EPA-prescribed protocols that demonstrate the metals' ability to kill specific disease-causing bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. The registration has implications for the use of copper and copper alloys in such hospital equipment as door and furniture hardware, bed rails, intravenous stands, dispensers, faucets, sinks, and work stations.

Interested parties are invited to participate in the standards developing activities of Committee B05.

For technical Information, contact James Michel, Copper Development Association, New York, N.Y. (phone: 212-251-7210; Committee B05 meets Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the October committee week in Miami Beach, Fla. For meeting or membership information, contact Jennifer Rodgers (phone: 610-832-9694;

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