Unsafe Particle Filter Masks Recalled in the EU

The European Union (EU) has recently recalled several particle
filter masks for non-compliance via its Rapid Alert System for dangerous
non-food products (RAPEX).

Market surveillance performed by EU Member States has found that these
masks failed to conform to requirements in:

  • Regulation (EU)
    2016/425 – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • EN 149 – harmonized standard for respiratory protective devices

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Non-conformities included:

  • Insufficient particle filter retention to match claims
  • Uncertified products bearing the CE mark
  • Face masks claimed to protect against viral particles, but their
    filtering capacity was uncertified and their use as biocidal products was

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Filtering facepieces (FFP or face masks) should protect the wearer
from inhaling airborne liquid and solid particles.

Non-conforming products should be:

  • Rejected for importation
  • Withdrawn from the market and recalls
  • Temporarily banned
  • Marked with appropriate warnings
  • Banned from being marketed in the EU

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RAPEX provides EU citizens and businesses with information about products
that pose a serious risk to their health and which fail to meet EU legislative

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For further information contact:

Louann Spirito

Consumer and Retail — Softlines

US & Canada Softlines Business Head

Tel: +1 973 461 7919

Email: crs.media@sgs.com

Website: www.sgs.com/softlines

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