SEP 03, 2015 12:00 PM PDT

CSPA Microbiology Preservative Subcommittee (MPS): Supporting & Enhancing the Microbiological Quality of Consumer, Household & Industrial Products

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  • Manager, Microbiology, The Sherwin-Williams Company
      Tony A. Rook leads the Microbiology Resource Center at The Sherwin-Williams Company in Cleveland, OH, USA, where he has built a world-class Microbiology Center of Excellence to focus on global preservation strategies, continuous improvement of industrial hygiene practices, and development of microbiological methods to support coating technology applications.

      Tony received his undergraduate training in Biology at The University of Dayton (Dayton, OH USA).

      Tony influences industry-wide microbiology excellence through his leadership in multiple inter-industry committees. He Co-Founded and Chairs the Consumer Specialty Products Association's (CSPA) Microbiology-Preservative Subcommittee (MPS) which is committed to establishing microbiological standards for consumer and industrial products.Tony serves as an Executive Board Member of CSPA Cleaning Product's Division.

      Mr. Rook served as the Chair of the Industrial Associates Committee for the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, USA from 2012-2014.He is an active member of the International Biodeterioration Research Group (IBRG)and the American Society for Microbiology.

      Prior to Sherwin-Williams, Mr. Rook helped to found and served as the Chief Scientist for Mr. Rook served as a Research Scientist at Steris Corporation, developing medical device reprocessing systems and liquid chemical high level disinfectants and sterilants.He founded and lead microbiology laboratory initiatives at Loctite Corporation, and served as an industrial microbiology consultant to the consumer and personal care products industries.

      Mr. Rook's recent publications have focused on the importance of effective preservation strategies and methods within consumer products.

      Tony enjoys providing innovation solutions to difficult technical problems through a multi-disciplinary scientific approach within a cross-functional team environment.


    Consumer, Household, and Industrial (CH&I) formulations have increasingly driven towards more environmentally acceptable ingredients within water-based formulations, microbial control strategies have become an ever more critical component to successful manufacturing of these products. Many of the historical preservative strategies have come under pressure by regulatory agencies, non-governmental organizations, or driven by market trends. The Consumer Speciality Products Association’s Microbiology Preservative Subcommittee (MPS) was established to develop industry relevant guidance to address the increasing concern for microbiological quality within CH&I products. To further support these goals, a Preservation Stewardship Task Force was commissioned to communicate the necessity of effective preservation within the CH&I industries. This presentation will provide an overview of the MPS’ mission, review MPS’ recent accomplishments, and discuss MPS’ future initiatives to advocate for the responsible use of preservatives for protection of CH&I products.

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