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Not all PPE is created equal

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ASAP Innovations has outlined the cost of fake PPE and how distributors and purchasers can identify fraudulent products

Following a raft of stories this year on fake PPE that doesn’t protect users, and untold millions that have been spent on said products; glove and face mask manufacturer, ASAP Innovations advises distributors and purchasers on how to identify certified providers.

The UK government recently outlined that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the average monthly number of PPE masks distributed to health and social care services increased from 1-2 million to 85-95 million – an increase of 4,700% [1]. However, with reports from the National Audit Office stating that hundreds of millions has been spent on unsuitable items that could not be used [2], it’s imperative that those purchasing PPE understand how to ensure they are buying legitimate and certified PPE.

ASAP Innovations has itself seen fraudsters trying to replicate its brand this year as groups attempted to cash-in on the increased demand for protective equipment. Sean Keller, Managing Director, ASAP Innovations illustrates the five key areas that certified and registered PPE will fall under:

1. Notified bodies – An organisation designated by an EU country to assess the conformity of certain products before being placed on the market. All notified bodies which are designated to assess PPE are listed on the EU Commission’s NANDO [3] (New Approach Notified and Designated Organisations) website which is updated regularly, so purchasers should look for products that have been certified by notified bodies.

2. CE Markings [4] – Indicate that the product has been assessed by the manufacturer and deemed to meet EU safety, health and environmental protection requirements – a requirement for products placed on the EU market that are manufactured anywhere in the world. The Manufacturer providing the EU market with the product is obligated to issue a declaration of Conformity, meaning they take full responsibility for placing the product on the EU market.

3. Technical file [5] – Provides information on the design, manufacture, and operation of a product and must demonstrate the product conforms to the applicable requirements. The technical documentation is necessary to prove the product meets the essential requirements to justify and support an EU declaration of conformity.

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