Catas: new accreditation for antibacterial surfaces and the launch of “Cqa antibacterial coating”

Catas – the leading European testing laboratory and products certification body for the wood-furniture sector, with offices in San Giovanni al Natisone (Udine), Lissone (Monza Brianza) and Pesaro (Pesaro Urbino) – since last year can be proud of an accreditation that is particularly topical in recent years. We are talking about the method ISO 22196:2011 “Measurement of antibacterial activity on plastics and other non-porous surfaces”, that is the procedures in order to evaluate the antibacterial properties of surfaces, in more technical terms the properties of polymeric products to which antibacterial substances have been added.

Those working in the research and development of technologies and materials aimed at controlling and limiting the proliferation of bacteria on surfaces can therefore turn to Catas to evaluate their effectiveness and rely on a standardized and accredited method.

It all started in 2020, in the wake of the “Covid-19” pandemic and huge concern about the possibility of contracting diseases transmitted through contact with infected surfaces. Since then, demand has literally exploded for tests to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments that provide antibacterial properties to surfaces. Evidence of this is the fact that over the last two years, the laboratory has carried out more than 140 tests on coatings, packaging films, furniture and floorings.

This activity has mainly involved materials used in medical practices, communities or highly frequented environments, where the risk of transmission of a bacterial infection through the promiscuous use of objects or contact with infected surfaces is greater, although there has been no lack of tests carried out on products intended for domestic use. So Catas obtains accreditation from the Italian accreditation body Accredia for this method as well, thus enabling the laboratory to join the very short list of accredited laboratories for ISO 22196 standard (four throughout Italy).

And that’s not all: in order to meet the need for coating manufacturers to endorse their products with an authoritative brand name, Catas has developed a new certification scheme, in addition to the well-known Catas Quality Award (CQA). This is the CQA Antibacterial Coating Certification, which, through a specific programme of tests, certifies coating systems for interiors that meet certain performance requirements, including – precisely – antibacterial activity.

Catas: new accreditation for antibacterial surfaces and the launch of “Cqa antibacterial coating” ultima modifica: 2022-06-21T15:05:57+00:00 da Francesco Inverso