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Guidance to evaluate efficacy of antifouling coatings

Monday, 3 December 2012

IPPIC Antifouling Work Group has developed a free guidance document on how to conduct, assess, record, and report results from efficacy evaluations.

Anti-fouling coatings are applied to the hull of a ship or boat in order to slow the growth of organisms that attach to the hull

Source: Volker Schwere/ Fotolia
Anti-fouling coatings are applied to the hull of a ship or boat in order to slow the growth of organisms that attach to the hull Source: Volker Sc...

The International Paint and Printing Ink Council’s (IPPIC) Antifouling Work Group has developed a free new guidance document on a reliable methodology for determining the efficacy of antifouling coatings.The new position paper provides guidance on how to conduct, assess, record, and report results from efficacy evaluations. It was developed to address questions regarding the efficacy of antifouling coatings, according to IPPIC.

The document provides a baseline methodology for evaluating and reporting the efficacy of antifouling coatings. Efficacy is assessed by static raft testing relative to a negative control and, if used, a positive control coating.

Coating industry professionals may use the methodology to obtain efficacy data during the development of new antifouling coatings. It may also be used to provide national registration authorities with the information required to support label claims of antifouling products.

IPPIC notes that efficacy may be indicative of - but has no direct one-to-one relationship with - the actual performance of a product under real-life conditions.

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