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The Biocides Panel of the American Chemistry Council is comprised of more than 50 companies that manufacture and/or formulate antimicrobial products. In addition, there are several Affiliate members that support those who manufacture or formulate. The Panel is among the principal associations of registrants in the antimicrobial industry.

The ACC Biocides Panel (the Panel) addresses a broad range of scientific, research, regulatory, legislative, legal and educational issues pertaining to antimicrobial uses in industrial, institutional and residential settings.  Established in 1986, the Biocides Panel is a leading trade organization that identifies and addresses issues for active ingredient producers and end-use manufacturers of antimicrobial products.  Membership in the Panel provides unique opportunities for companies involved in the antimicrobial business to engage in critical dialogue with one another and a variety of regulators as well as help shape the industry.  In an industry that continuously evolves and innovates, the importance of antimicrobial registrations is high and obtaining and maintaining registrations has consistently become more challenging over time.  The Panel works to assist its members in managing these new challenges.

Panel member companies are registrants of antimicrobials that are used in a broad array of applications, including:

  • Preservatives for paints, coatings, fabrics, latex matrices, fuel, metalworking fluids and many other products as protection from microbial contaminants that spoil, decrease in-use service life, and compromise product integrity.
  • Water treatment chemicals to reduce fouling, maintain energy efficiency and protect equipment and material inputs.
  • Antifoulants as a means to control marine biofouling that results from the build-up of organisms, primarily barnacles, macroalgae and microbial slimes, that accumulate on the surfaces of ships’ hulls and submerged permanent structures, such as piers and drilling platforms; and if left uncontrolled, result in lost productivity, decreased efficiency, increased energy use, time losses, and environmental damage.
  • Wood preservatives, which can maintain wood products for over 20 years and thus decrease demand on forests and transport of materials.
  • Public-health antimicrobials, including drinking water treatments, products to eliminate or control pathogens in processing food, hospital disinfectants, and in consumer cleaning and other household products.  
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