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What about silver?

Silver-containing coatings claim to be effective, but unlike Antimicrobial Copper, currently no silvercontaining coating has been registered by the EPA with public health claims. Extensive laboratory testing is required to make public health claims. Products must prove that they effectively kill bacteria that pose a threat to human health and safety before such claims are permitted.

Silver-containing coatings currently rely on a treated article exemption. This form of EPA registration currently only permits products to claim that the active ingredient protects the product itself from degradation and odor caused by non-specific organisms. No scientific data on antimicrobial efficacy is required to obtain this registration.