How to confirm Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) meets EU specifications?
COVID-19 has caused significant impacts on everyday life since early 2020. To prevent the infectious disease, selecting a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which is authorized with the global organization plays a crucial role for the distributors and buyers.
However, various PPE quality specifications in the global marketplace may cause confusion. For protective clothing, some might be only searching for EN 14126:2003 or ASTM 1670/1671 tested ones which would not be enough for the selecting standards. To be clarified, in the case of COVID-19 or infectious disease, the distributors shall select the PPE which satisfies the strictest requirement in the world, Category III of Regulation (EU) 2016 / 425.
In Category III, the authorized CE mark comes with four digital numbers of a Notified Body, and a CE certified PPE should be verified through the process of Module B and then either Module C2 or Module D. For instance, all ULTITEC series are certified as CE 0598 by the Notified Body of SGS Fimko Oy as the flow chart showed below.