EPP products are made from EPA-registered CuVerro® bactericidal copper alloy, proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria within two hours. CuVerro bactericidal copper surfaces represent the first class of solid-surface EPA-registered materials that actively and continuously kill bacteria,* 24 hours a day, when cleaned regularly.
CuVerro copper alloy is the ideal alternative to traditional materials for any highly populated environment. EPA-approved laboratory testing proves that CuVerro is more effective at killing bacteria* that cause diseases than conventional materials often used on healthcare surfaces, such as stainless steel and plastic.
Antimicrobial* copper is an eco-friendly alternative solution that continuously reduces bacterial contamination, achieving 99.9% reduction within two hours of exposure, when cleaned regularly. Copper is inherently antimicrobial* with no added chemicals and when cleaned regularly, will not lose its bacteria-killing* properties over time.
When cleaned regularly, EPA-registered CuVerro surfaces kill the bacteria* responsible for causing hospital-associated infections (HAIs). These bacteria are referred to as superbugs because they are resistant to many antimicrobial* substances. CuVerro is proven to kill:
- Staph - Staphylococcus aureus
- Common bacteria that causes life-threatening diseases, including pneumonia and meningitis
- MRSA - Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
- A cause of skin and staph infections that are difficult to treat because of resistance to some antibiotics.
- VRE - Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis
- Common bacteria that have developed resistance to vancomycin a standard antibiotic
- E. coli - O157:H7
- A foodborne pathogen associated with large-scale food recalls and causes serious illness in humans by producing toxins that can severely damage the lining of your intestines and kidneys.
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Common bacteria that can cause infections in the blood, lungs (pneumonia), or other parts of the body after surgery
CuVerro alloys have been put through rigorous GLP (Good Laboratory Practices) testing by the EPA to evaluate their effectiveness in killing the bacteria* responsible for many hospital-acquired infections. The three GLP test protocols used to support EPA registration of antimicrobial copper alloys with public health claims are the efficacy as a sanitizer test, wear test, and repeated contamination test.
- Efficiency as a Sanitizer Test: CuVerro surfaces kill bacteria within two hours, proving its efficacy as a sanitizer.
- Wear Test: CuVerro’s efficacy does not wear out or wear down over time, and it continues to help inhibit the buildup and growth of bacteria* between routine cleaning and sanitizing steps.
- Repeated Contamination Test: CuVerro surfaces work continuously to kill more than 99% of bacteria,* 24 hours a day, even after repeated contamination.
Antimicrobial copper surfaces are a supplement, not a substitute for routine cleaning. Please read our transparency and general awareness blog on the use of antimicrobial claims. With the pandemic taking place, there has been a surge of antimicrobial copper products on the market, and many do not meet the EPA standards. The EPA regulates all products advertised and sold in the U.S. with antimicrobial properties under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
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*Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, CuVerro surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli O157:H7, and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE).
** Information and image sourced in partnership with CuVerro.