Canada now on board with antimicrobial copper!
Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), which similarly to the U.S. E.P.A., regulates public health claims for antimicrobial products, has granted permission for the sale of Antimicrobial Copper products within their country. After multiple evaluations and testing, PMRA has deemed that copper touch surfaces provide positive benefits to society, specifically in healthcare applications, through their continuous sanitizing action which supplement routine cleanings.
Before registration was granted, rigorous risk-assessment methods and tests were conducted to satisfy the objectives of the Pest Control Product Act. These methods and tests showed that copper touch surfaces have no negative health effects due to exposure over a long period of time on humans. When PMRA was assessing antimicrobial copper they looked at two key factors – the level where no health effects occur and the level to which people may be exposed. These factors were tested against the most sensitive human population – think children, nursing mothers, and elderly – and copper proved to be incredibly safe.
We are excited that in Canada their healthcare facilities, transportation centers, schools, public venues and more can now take advantage of copper’s ability to kill bacteria and provide clean surfaces that are safe to touch.
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