What does the EPA registration mean?

Q: What does the EPA registration mean?

A: On March 1, 2011 the EPA finalized registration of copper alloys with public health claims allowing producers such as Olin Brass to offer CuVerro® bactericidal copper. This registration structure allows component manufactures to utilize EPA registered alloys and, in turn, to also make products with antimicrobial surfaces and market corresponding public health claims attributable to the registered alloy (e.g. CuVerro®).

Prior to the registration of copper alloys, only liquid and gas disinfectants and sterilizers could make public health claims. And the registration of antimicrobial copper is the first time the EPA has recognized a solid material for its antimicrobial properties and permitted public health claims to be made about its use for touch surfaces.