CITEVE is already qualified to certify masks at European level, a process that started in June when the European Committee for Standardization approved the guide with the manufacturing requirements for Europe. The Portuguese version of the European guide later passed IPQ – Instituto Português da Qualidade, which established the standards and respective certification requirements, a long process of standardization that is now concluded, with CITEVE accredited as a certifying entity.
This means that the certifications granted by the Portuguese Textile and Clothing Research Centre are now adequate for the European market. Manufacturers should, however, check whether the destination market imposes more or different restrictions. In those cases, CITEVE will give full support to companies, helping them achieve qualification for each market.
It is worth mentioning the effort made by the technological centre in the fight against Covid-19, finding solutions within the Portuguese textile industry, and thus circumvent Portugal’s dependency on imports, mainly from Asia.