Recently the US Green Building Council has adopted a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system for health care facilities. In this this rating system certain credits are given for items like amount of post industrial or post consumer recycled materials and use of green renewable energy. Also among these credits is a “chemical avoidance credit” that includes the use of antimicrobials.
This presentation will review current regulatory criteria for legal claims regarding antimicrobial treated materials. Another objective is to discuss recent negative positions taken by the “green movement” in response to perceived marketing claims for antimicrobial preservatives. What events and unrealistic expectations have led to this situation and how responsible marketing can help clarify the value and necessity of antimicrobial preservatives.