The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the need for face masks, not just for frontline healthcare workers but for the general population at large. Many companies in the textile and fashion industry have reacted swiftly by manufacturing medical as well as reusable masks. In order to support the combat of the COVID-19 virus, TÜV Rheinland, an international independent third-party testing, inspection, and certification service provider has announced the launch of testing services for Protective Face Masks and medical coveralls which comply with national and international standards including Indian standards such as IS 16289 for surgical masks, EN 14683 and ASTM F2100. TÜV Rhineland’s state-of-the-art laboratory ensures the safety and quality of Protective Face Masks remains uncompromised.
Mr. Thomas Fuhrmann, Managing Director, TÜV Rheinland India said, “Face masks play an important role in pandemic control. During the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the efficacy and quality of face masks has been a public awareness concern. Protecting people from COVID-19 is the utmost priority for businesses, organizations, and governments. Our testing and certification services verify the product's effectiveness as well as compliance with regulatory norms in the destination market.” He added, “By providing nationally and internationally recognized tests and certifications, we offer an extensive range of services and comprehensive test reports. Our customers benefit from short test times, and speedier access to domestic and international markets. TÜV Rheinland will continue to pay close attention to the fast-evolving pandemic situation, while fully cooperating with the government as well as relevant medical bodies and customers to strictly control the quality of personal protective equipment.”
Mr. Basavaraj Angadi, Assistant General Manager, TÜV Rheinland India added, “We offer a comprehensive set of tests for protective face masks. We provide solutions for three distinctive types of face masks such as Surgical, Nonsurgical, and Non-medical Masks. Our solutions range from product and packaging testing to assessments on Labelling, Flammability, Bacterial Filtration Efficiency, Particulate Filtration Efficiency, Splash Blood Resistance, Breathability, and many more.” He added, “Our Face Mask Testing Laboratory at Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone is a one-stop-solution for face mask manufacturers. Our global network of PPE specialists and accredited laboratories can ensure the compliance of face masks and PPE products with testing and certification requirements.”