Antimicrobial Technology FAQ’s

Everything you need to know

BioCote® is a range of highly effective antimicrobial additives proven to protect plastics, polymers, paints, coatings, textiles, ceramics and paper from the negative effects of microbial contamination making products:

  • More hygienic to use
  • Resistant to bacteria, mould and some viruses
  • Easier to keep clean
  • Protected from stains and odours
  • Last and perform longer

Introduced during the manufacturing process BioCote antimicrobial additives make products inhospitable to microbes such as bacteria and mould. Through a combination of mechanisms, they irreversibly damage microbes, stop them reproducing and disrupt essential functions, like energy production ultimately causing them to die.

No, BioCote® antimicrobial technology is not a ‘nanotechnology’. BioCote® purposefully chooses not to use any form of nanotechnology in its antimicrobial additives because of concerns regarding the ecological profile and environmental fate of materials containing this type of technology.

Yes, HACCP International have approved BioCote® antimicrobial technology as a suitable addition to food contact articles used in a HACCP based Food safety programme.

Yes, we have repeatedly proven the benefit and positive impact of introducing BioCote® antimicrobial products to environments such as hospitals, care homes, schools, offices and food processing facilities.

All BioCote® antimicrobial products undergo a rigorous validation process to prove the technology is working to our required standard before products get to market and carry our trademark.

Ongoing quality control testing is a further condition of partnership with BioCote®. Partner products are subjected to regular testing to the appropriate test standard to ensure they continue to deliver a level of antimicrobial protection you can rely on. This is why the BioCote® trademark is recognised around the world as a sign of superior antimicrobial quality.

BioCote® offers a comprehensive range of antimicrobial additives which utilise many different active ingredients. This means we have a solution for every possible customer application. Actives include Silver, Copper, Zinc and Organics.

You can rely on BioCote® to supply you with the most appropriate antimicrobial additive for your product, not just the one we want to sell you.

Yes, we only supply antimicrobial additives that have the necessary global regulatory approvals and are application appropriate. Amongst our available antimicrobial technologies BioCote® has additives that have been proven safe for direct food and water contact.

Not as quick as cleaning chemicals, but on a BioCote® antimicrobial product you can expect significant reductions in microbes just 15 minutes and up to 99% in just two hours. Whilst cleaning chemicals may be quick, their effects are short-lived. In comparison, integrated BioCote® antimicrobial technology works constantly to make products more hygienic.

BioCote® antimicrobial protection will last for the expected lifetime of the product. BioCote® does not supply additives that leach or actively leave the product they are being used to protect.

Very. BioCote® antimicrobial protection is effective against a wide range of microbes, including multi drug resistant strains of bacteria, mould and fungi – even the H1N1 virus is deactivated by our industry standard-setting antimicrobial additives.

BioCote® antimicrobial technology has been extensively tested against the most common harmful bacteria, even antibiotic resistance strains. These include bacteria found in and around the places we live, eat, work and enjoy our spare time.

BioCote® is proven to reduce the presence of broad spectrum of bacteria, including MRSA, E. coli, Campylobacter, Salmonella and Listeria to name but a few.

BioCote’s range of antimicrobial additives are compatible with a wide range of materials and manufacturing processes. They are formulated to deliver outstanding antimicrobial performance without changing your products appearance or mechanical properties in any way.

We pride ourselves on our ability to treat any material – polymers, general industrial paints (wet & powder), natural and man-made fabrics, as well as a whole range of speciality coatings and inks.

Premium quality antimicrobial additives at low addition rates means BioCote® can be added economically and your new feature does not become cost prohibitive.

There is no evidence of this and this is considered highly unlikely when you take into account the multiple ways BioCote® antimicrobial additives act on bacteria. In fact BioCote® has been proven effective against an increasingly long list of multi drug resistant bacteria.

No. They can be used as you would any other non-antimicrobial product. The inclusion of antimicrobial protection demands no special treatment or usage considerations. This also applies to how they are cleaned as they do not require any special cleaning techniques or materials either.

Although BioCote® antimicrobial products reduce bacteria on the surface by design, cleaning is still important as BioCote® will not remove dirt. BioCote’s bacteria-killing properties mean that products can potentially be cleaned less frequently and using less harsh cleaning products.

No, but BioCote® antimicrobial products will reduce the potential for and the risks associated with cross-contamination.

An antimicrobial is effective against a wide spectrum of microbes: this includes bacteria, mould, fungi and even viruses. An antibacterial, on the other hand, is only effective against bacteria.

As well as causing serious illness, microbes can also negatively affect the aesthetics of a product by causing stains, bad odours, and premature material degradation. Microbial colonisation can also result in product failure.

Yes. More and more bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics that were once effective against them. These include multi drug resistant bacteria such as MRSA, VRE, CRE. BioCote® antimicrobial technology has been proven effective against the bacteria that other technologies struggle to control.

Whilst not all bacteria are bad, some are and exposure to these bacteria can result in serious consequences affecting our short, medium and long term health and wellbeing. They can also have a negative effect on the products we use and the environments we live in.

This is true, although the effects are typically short lived with no guarantees of performance. Regulation also dictates that for a product to be marketed as ‘Antimicrobial’ it should have an ingredient specifically added for this purpose, which may exclude materials with naturally occurring properties.

What is BioCote®?

BioCote® is a range of highly effective antimicrobial additives proven to protect plastics, polymers, paints, coatings, textiles, ceramics and paper from the negative effects of microbial contamination, making products:

  • More hygienic to use
  • Resistant to microbes such as bacteria or mould
  • Easier to keep clean
  • Protected from stains and odours
  • Last and perform longer

Is BioCote® a ‘nano’ technology?

No, BioCote® antimicrobial technology is not a ‘nanotechnology’. BioCote® purposefully chooses not to use any form of nanotechnology in its antimicrobial additives because of concerns regarding the ecological profile and environmental fate of materials containing this type of technology.

Is BioCote® the world's only HACCP approved antimicrobial technology?

Yes, BioCote® is the first and remains the only HACCP International accredited antimicrobial technology provider. HACCP accreditation means BioCote® antimicrobial additives are a suitable addition to products which come into direct contact with food.

Are all BioCote® antimicrobial additives based on silver?

BioCote® offers a comprehensive range of antimicrobial additives which utilise many different active ingredients. This means we have a solution for every possible customer application. Actives include silver ions, copper, zinc and organics such as phenolic biocides, quaternary ammonium compounds (QAC or QUAT) and fungicides (Thiabendazole).

You can rely on BioCote® to supply you with the most appropriate antimicrobial additive for your product, not just the one we want to sell you.

Are BioCote® antimicrobial additives safe?

Yes, we only supply antimicrobial additives that have the necessary global regulatory approvals and are application appropriate. BioCote® has achieved FDA and EFSA approval and offers additives that have been proven safe for direct food and water contact (HACCP International accreditation).

How long will BioCote® antimicrobial protection last?

At BioCote® we believe that if a product is marketed as having antimicrobial properties it should undoubtedly have them, and not only when first purchased, but for its expected functional lifetime. BioCote® technology does not wash off, wear away, degrade or run out of steam. We do not supply additives that leach or actively leave the product they are being used to protect.

Will BioCote® antimicrobial additives change my product or the way it is manufactured?

BioCote®’s antimicrobial additives are compatible with a wide range of materials and manufacturing processes. They are formulated to deliver outstanding antimicrobial performance without changing the product’s appearance or mechanical properties in any way.

Will BioCote® antimicrobial products need cleaning?

Although BioCote® antimicrobial products reduce microbes on the surface by design, cleaning is still important as BioCote® will not remove dirt. BioCote®’s microbe-killing properties mean that products can potentially be cleaned less frequently in comparison to untreated products and using less harsh cleaning chemicals.

Do BioCote® antimicrobial products have to be treated differently?

No, they can be used as you would any other non-antimicrobial product. The inclusion of antimicrobial protection demands no special treatment or usage considerations. This also applies to how they are cleaned as they do not require any special cleaning techniques or chemicals either.

Does BioCote® antimicrobial technology create resistant strains of bacteria?

There is no evidence of BioCote® technology causing antibacterial resistance. In fact, BioCote® has been proven effective against an increasingly long list of multi drug resistant bacteria. With a high requirement for approval, BioCote® limits resistance to our product by reducing the number of microbes that can survive contact.

Is it true antibiotics are stopping working?

More and more bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics that were once effective against them. These include multi drug resistant bacteria such as MRSA, VRE and CRE. BioCote® antimicrobial technology has been proven effective against bacteria that other technologies struggle to control. 

Are all bacteria bad?

Whilst not all bacteria are bad, some are and exposure to these species can result in unwanted problems such as premature product failure, often irremovable staining, foul odours or unnecessary maintenance costs to products we use daily.

How does BioCote® antimicrobial technology work?

Introduced during the manufacturing process, BioCote® antimicrobial additives make products inhospitable to microbes such as bacteria and mould. Through a combination of mechanisms, the additives irreversibly damage microbes on a cellular level, stop them from reproducing and disrupt essential function such as energy production which ultimately causes them to die.

How do I know BioCote® antimicrobial additives work?

All BioCote® antimicrobial products undergo a rigorous validation process to prove the technology is working to our required standard before products get to market and carry our trademark.

Ongoing quality control testing is a further condition of partnership with BioCote®. Partner products are subjected to regular testing in an independent laboratory to the appropriate test standard to ensure they continue to deliver a level of antimicrobial protection you can rely on. This is why the BioCote® trademark is recognised around the world as a sign of superior antimicrobial quality.

Do BioCote® antimicrobial products work in real life situations?

Yes, via a series of real-life case studies, we have repeatedly proven the benefit and positive impact of introducing BioCote® antimicrobial technology to products commonly found in environments such as hospitals, care homes, schools, offices and food processing facilities.

What sort of bacteria does BioCote® antimicrobial technology work against?

BioCote® antimicrobial technology has been extensively tested against and proven to reduce the presence of the most common bacteria, even antibiotic resistant strains, such as MRSA, E. coli, Campylobacter, Salmonella and Listeria to name but a few. These bacterial species are generally found in and around places such as our own homes, hospitals, restaurants, offices or schools.

How fast acting is BioCote®?

Not as quick as cleaning chemicals, but on a BioCote® protected antimicrobial product, you can expect significant reductions in microbes in just 15 minutes and up to 99% in just two hours. Whilst cleaning chemicals may be quick, their effects are short-lived. In comparison, integrated BioCote® antimicrobial technology works constantly to make products more hygienic.

How effective is BioCote® antimicrobial protection?

Very. BioCote® antimicrobial protection is effective against a wide range of microbes, including multi drug resistant strains of bacteria, mould and fungi. Working without an off switch, BioCote® technology has achieved an 86% reduction in microbes in only 15 minutes and a 99.99% reduction in 24 hours.

What materials can be protected with BioCote® antimicrobial technology?

We pride ourselves on our ability to treat any material – polymers, general industrial paints (wet & powder), natural and man-made fabrics, as well as a whole range of speciality coatings and inks.

Premium quality antimicrobial additives at low addition rates means BioCote® can be added economically and your new product feature does not become cost prohibitive.

Aren’t some materials inherently antimicrobial?

This is true, although the effects are typically short lived with no guarantees of performance. Regulation also dictates that for a product to be marketed as ‘antimicrobial’ it should have an ingredient specifically added for this purpose, which may exclude materials with naturally occurring properties.

Will BioCote® antimicrobial technology stop cross-contamination?

No. While BioCote® technology cannot eliminate cross-contamination altogether, it can significantly reduce the potential for and the risks that come with microbial cross-contamination from one product surface to another.

What’s the difference between antimicrobial and antibacterial?

An antimicrobial is effective against a wide spectrum of microbes: this includes bacteria, mould, fungi and even viruses. An antibacterial, on the other hand, is only effective against bacteria.

What are the negative effects of microbes?

Microbes are known to negatively affect the aesthetics of a product by causing stains, bad odours, and premature material degradation. Microbial colonisation can also result in a compromised product performance or early product failure.

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