Treated Article Efficacy
An antimicrobial treated article is an article treated with, or containing, an antimicrobial pesticide that is intended to protect or preserve the article itself. A paint containing an antimicrobial active to protect or preserve the paint coating or a fabric impregnated with silver to prevent deterioration of the material are examples of treated articles. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not require registration of treated articles if the active substance is registered for use in or on the article and the sole purpose is to protect the article, not the person using the product. The EPA requires certain labeling of these articles to ensure that they do not mislead the public with false claims and efficacy data must be generated to support these non-public health claims.
Materials treated with an antimicrobial must be registered as a pesticide if the article is intended to protect public health. For example, articles that claim to kill specific bacteria, viruses, or fungi are considered public health claims. Efficacy data must be generated and submitted to the EPA for registration.
Accuratus Lab Services has years of experience performing antimicrobial efficacy testing of treated articles to support both public health and non-public health claims. We can help determine the antimicrobial performance of a variety of materials such as hard surfaces (plastics and alloys), porous materials (textiles and fabric), and coatings. Learn more about the antimicrobial treated article tests Accuratus Lab Services offers to support public or non-public health claims.