How to make sure a protective mask is effective?

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Recently implemented rules regarding the COVID-19 pandemic oblige us to wear a protective mask in many public places. But many types of masks exist, and each type follow different norms. Starting from the simplest ones to the most complex ones, below a list of the most common ones with the corresponding norm. Each mask can be tested in our laboratories to certify their effectiveness and the respect of the current standards.

  • Hygienic mask:¬† These masks are not a sanitary product nor a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). They respond to UNE 0064-1: 2020, UNE 0064-2: 2020 and UNE 0065: 2020 specifications. Leitat has the capacity to carry out the tests according to these norms, so that the manufacturer can carry out the self-certification of non-reusable hygienic masks or of reusable hygienic masks.
  • Surgical mask: These masks are a sanitary product. Leitat has the capacity to carry out the tests according to the EN 14683:2019+AC:2019 standard, so that the manufacturer can carry out the self-certification of surgical masks as a sanitary product according to Directive 93/42/EEC.
  • FFP1, FFP2, and FFP3 masks (PPEs): Leitat has been notified as a Control Body by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and the European Commission for the certification of respiratory protection devices, thus expanding its scope of products to be certified according to Regulation (EU) 2016/425 on to personal protective equipment and EN 149:2001+A1:2010.

To make sure to which norm your mask is corresponding, verify the packaging of the masks. If you have any question about the effectiveness of the masks, contact us. We would be glad to support you in your certification or validation process.