Personal Protective Equipment

European Coordination of Notified Bodies for Personal Protective Equipment

Recommendation for Use sheets

About the project

The practical enforcement of the Regulation EU 2016/425 and the application of European Standards by notified bodies require an exchange of experience between notified bodies. The European Coordination of Notified Bodies for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is aimed at forming a platform for discussion on a horizontal (general) as well as vertical (PPE-specific) level, and offering advice to all parties involved. It consists of a Horizontal Committee, an Ad Hoc Group and Vertical Groups.

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Recommendation for Use sheets

Horizontal committee

Those ‘Recommendations for Use’ sheets published on this website reflect the status of horizontal Recommendation for Use sheets following the PPE Regulation which are approved by the Horizontal Committee members. They are not endorsed by the PPE Working Group.


Vertical Groups

Depending on the priority of current issues Vertical Groups hold regular meetings, at least once a year. The solutions on technical issues are prepared under the form of ‘Recommendations for Use’ sheets which are submitted to the Horizontal Committee for approval and then to the PPE Expert Group (PPE Working Group) for endorsement

VG 2 ‘Respiratory protective devices’ has written a Recommendation for Use sheet based on EN 149 ‘Respiratory protective devices – Filtering half masks to protect against particles – Requirements, testing, marking’.

This RfU defines a technical solution for testing SARS-CoV-2 related masks for a limited period of time. The goal of this RfU is to determine the minimum requirements to certify a filtering half mask against SARS-CoV-2 and to reduce the necessary time for tests and certification to match the continuously increasing demand.

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