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Hohenstein tests meet European guidelines for community masks

Testing service provider Hohenstein is now testing according to the first European guideline for community masks, the CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) 17553:2020.

7th December 2020

Knitting Industry
 |  B√∂nnigheim, Germany

Technical Textiles

Testing service provider and research partner, Hohenstein is now testing according to the first European guideline for community masks, the CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) 17553:2020, the organisation reports.

Hohenstein says it had already taken a big step towards safety and functionality with the introduction of its quality label for Tested Community Masks. The new Community Face Coverings-Guide to minimum requirements, methods of testing and use sets minimum requirements for design, performance evaluation, labelling and packaging of both reusable and disposable masks.

Community masks are important in containing the spread of the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, Hohenstein says, but to fulfil their function, they must meet certain requirements. The objective of the standard is to support manufacturers of masks who have switched production to non-medical, everyday masks. This will provide them with assistance regarding the requirements for such masks, which must also meet the legal requirements for textiles and satisfy certain functional demands, the institute explains.

Uniform product quality and durability standards across Europe are particularly important for containing the spread across borders, Hohenstein adds. Clear product information helps consumers rely on the safety of community masks. The guideline can therefore also serve as a marketing aid for suppliers in international competition, it says.

Standardized test procedures at Hohenstein provide information as to whether everyday masks have sufficient breathability and filter performance. Other quality parameters include washability, fit and safety from harmful substances. Hohenstein also checks compliance with legal requirements and proper labelling and use instructions.

Manufacturers of everyday masks can also earn the Hohenstein Quality Label for Tested Community Masks by proving product performance and certifying to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX.

Detailed information is available here - www.hohenstein.com/cwa-standard  and here - www.hohenstein.com/hql-community-masks

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