SGS Opens Dedicated European Face Mask Testing Laboratory

SGS, the world’s leading testing and certification company, has announced
the opening of a dedicated and fully accredited testing laboratory for face
masks in Helsinki.

Consumer demand for face masks has increased in the wake of the COVID-19
pandemic. The protection they afford both wearers and those near them, means
many countries have mandated the use of masks as a way to combat the disease.
However, not all face masks are the same. Depending on the environment in which
the facial barrier is to be worn and the level of protection that is required,
different types of face mask need to conform to different standards – from
community face masks to filtering facepiece respirators (FFP).

Increased demand has also led to large quantities of poor-quality face
masks arriving on European markets. This has highlighted the need for
manufacturers and suppliers to ensure their products conform to recognized

Accredited by the Finnish Accreditation Service (FINAS) at the beginning
of July 2021, SGS’s new dedicated face mask testing laboratory provides a
comprehensive range of solutions to help manufacturers and suppliers ensure
their products conform to internationally recognized standards. Its
state-of-the-art facilities cover a variety of face mask standards, including:

  • EN 149:2001+A1:2009 –
    Respiratory protective devices. Filtering half masks to protect against
    particles. Requirements, testing, marking
  • EN 14683:2019 – Medical
    face masks. Requirements and test methods (benchmark for proving conformity to
    CE marking requirements)
  • CWA 17553:2020 – European
    Committee for Standardization (CEN) workshop agreement for reusable, non-medical,
    community face coverings

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Commenting on the opening, Ivan Chan, Global Head of Medical PPE: “SGS has a
long history of providing accurate and fast testing and certification services
to operators across the PPE sector. With our new fully accredited face mask
laboratory in Helsinki we are able to offer manufacturers and suppliers a
one-stop solutions for all their testing needs. It is a clear indication that
we remain committed to supporting PPE operating in markets around the world. After
all, a product is only trusted because it is tested.”

The new face mask testing laboratory is part of SGS’s European Competence
Center for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at SGS Fimko. The center
provides a one-stop solution for all PPE suppliers operating in European and
global markets. In addition to high level testing and certification services,
the center also supports businesses through complementary services for compliance
training and risk assessment.

SGS is the first choice for companies looking to deliver safe and
compliant face masks to markets around the world.

SGS Medical Device Services

SGS offers a full range of testing, auditing, and
consultation services for face masks and other forms of PPE. Learn more about SGS’s Medical Device Services.

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