Organizations from 30 countries and peripheral regions of Europe have just reached an agreement that allows the export and import of masks, thus overcoming the need for approval by the certifying entities of each country. The agreement defines the minimum requirements and common testing rules for social masks.
This agreement allows Europe to overcome the constraints that resulted, until now, from the need to certify prototypes in the destination country. “The voluntary agreement between the 30 national standardization bodies that are part of CEN defines the minimum requirements, rules of testing and use that masks must have in order to be able to enter the countries that have ratified the document”, said a news article published in Jornal de Notícias.
The Portuguese Assistant Secretary of State and Economy, João Correia Neves, said that this is an agreement that will “expedite the Portuguese mask exports”, while noting that it is not an official European Union standard, which is in preparation, but it may take at least another year.