Antimicrobial Protection: a definition

Antimicrobial Protection: a definition

‘Antimicrobial’ is simply the term used to describe something that has the ability to resist the growth of microbes e.g bacteria and moulds.

BioCote® antimicrobial protection is based on silver ion technology. This technology, in the form of an additive, is incorporated into the surface of products at the time of manufacture and then provides continuous built-in antimicrobial protection for the expected lifetime of the product.

As the graph shows, on a BioCote® protected surface, levels of bacteria are reduced by up to 99% in two hours, compared to an unprotected surface where they can proliferate at dramatic rates.

Laboratory tests have repeatedly demonstrated the ability of BioCote protected surfaces to inhibit the growth and formation of moulds and yeast.

BioCote® antimicrobial protection is effective against a broad spectrum of micro-organisms, including:

  • MRSA (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
  • MSSA (Methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus)
  • E. coli
  • Legionella pneumophila
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Salmonella typhimurium and enteritidis
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • VRE (vancomycin – resistant Enterococcus)
  • Campylobacter spp.
  • Staph. aureus
  • Aspergillus niger
  • Candida albicans

All BioCote® protected products are regularly validated and quality control tested to ISO 22196:2007 where applicable, in an independent laboratory. Only products that demonstrate over a 95% reduction in bacteria are allowed to use the BioCote® brand as a guarantee of superior antimicrobial performance.

BioCote Ltd has carried out a number of environmental trials to prove BioCote® protected products are as effective in situ as in laboratory testing, consistently reducing levels of bacterial contamination in the environment by over 95%.


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