14 Sep Cen Workshop Agreement Cwa 17553
Among the critical requirements of CWA 17553:2020 are, among others, the examination against the minimum requirements set by CWA 17553 In accordance with the use currently defined by the national authorities, CWA 17553:2020 establishes two filter levels for community facial covering material: entirely entitled „Community face coverings – Guide to minimum requirements, Methods of testing and use“, CWA 17553:2020 sets minimum requirements for reusable or disposable persons aged 3 to 12 years (under the supervision of an adult) are community face blankets and intend to extend to the general public, including adults and children aged 3 to 12 years. As a general rule, Community facial blankets do not fall within the scope of the rules applicable to personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical devices, so that undededicated labelling, design and efficacy requirements apply. In response, CEN, the European Committee for Standardisation, published the Workshop Agreement, CWA 17553:2020. Industry guidelines for reusable fabric face coverings will be further strengthened, with the European Committee for Standardization CWA 17553:2020 publishing „Community face coverings – Guide to minimal requirements, methods of testing and use“. CWA 17553:2020 is available for free download on the CEN and CENELEC websites as well as on the websites of CEN national members and can be found at this link: ftp://ftp.cencenelec.eu/EN/ResearchInnovation/CWA/CWA17553_2020.pdf As a CEN 17553:2020 workshop agreement, CWA 17553:2020 is neither an official standard nor considered an official standard developed by CEN and its members. Brussels, 17 June 2020 – Faced with the evolving situation of the coronavirus epidemic in Europe, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) has drawn up, at the urgent request of the European Commission, a new CEN Workshop agreement on facial coverings in the Community, which is now available free of charge. The new CWA 17553:2020 „Community face coverings – Guide to minimum requirements, methods of testing and use“ contains the minimum requirements for the design, manufacture and performance evaluation of community face masks for consumers, simple or reusable. It is available for free download on the CEN and CENELEC websites as well as on the websites of CEN`s national members.* The European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) has published a workshop agreement on facial coverings. The CEN workshop (CWA) – CWA 17553 Community Face Coverings – Guide to Minimum Requirements, Methods of Testing and Use – has been made freely available to interested parties and a link to the document is available below:ftp://ftp.cencenelec.eu/EN/ResearchInnovation/CWA/CWA17553_2020.pdf European Standards contribute to improving safety, improving quality, facilitating cross-border trade and strengthening the European Single Market. They are developed through a process of cooperation between experts appointed by business and industry, research institutes, consumer and environmental organisations, trade unions and other stakeholders. CEN is committed to promoting the international harmonization of standards through technical cooperation agreements with ISO (International Organization for Standardization). The formal process followed by the workshop in the development of this CWA 17553:2020 has been approved by the national members of CEN, neither the national members of CEN nor CEN-CENELEC Management Center can be held responsible for the technical content of this CEN workshop agreement or possible conflicts with standards or laws. Since the use of community masks – also known as hygiene masks – is part of our daily lives, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) has published, at the request of the European Union, the guidelines of the Workshop Agreement (CWA) CWA 17553.
The Community masks referred to in the Guide do not fall within the scope of the provisions on personal protective equipment (PPE) and/or medical devices. .