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Coronavirus outbreak: Accredited laboratories for face masks testing

 

According the World Health Organization (WHO) masks should be used:

  • If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with
    suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection,
  • If you are coughing or sneezing.

Masks may help also people avoid touching their faces.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, there is a huge demand for masks and it is important to ensure that appropriate masks ensuring adequate protection are swiftly made available to those who need it most. But the masks shall be tested in order to ensure that the essential requirements are met. The specific requirements are set out in the following European Standards:

  • EN 14683:2019 Medical face masks – Requirements and test methods- This standard specifies construction, design, performance requirements and test methods for medical face masks intended to limit the transmission of infective agents from staff to patients during surgical procedures and other medical settings with similar requirements. A medical face mask with an appropriate microbial barrier can also be effective in reducing the emission of infective agents from the nose and mouth of an asymptomatic carrier or a patient with clinical symptoms. This European Standard is not applicable to masks intended exclusively for the personal protection of staff.
  • EN 149:2001 + A1:2009 Respiratory protective devices – Filtering half masks to protect against particles – Requirements, testing, marking This European Standard specifies minimum requirements for filtering half masks as respiratory protective devices to protect against particles except for escape purposes. Laboratory and practical performance tests are included for the assessment of compliance with the requirements.

You find further information from the EU Commission on conformity assessment and market surveillance procedures within the context of the COVID-19 threat under https://eurlex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.LI.2020.079.01.0001.01.ENG.

Tests of masks are performed by laboratories. Below you find a list of laboratories, which are accredited for the scope EN 14683 and/or EN 149. For further information regarding an accredited laboratory, please contact the relevant National Accreditation Body (NAB) or the laboratory directly. You find the contact details to the NABs on EA’s website https://european-accreditation.org/eamembers/directory-of-ea-members-and-mla-signatories/.

No NAB (Country) Accredited Laboratory EN 14683 EN 149
1 AA (Austria)

Hygcen GmbH Werksgelände 28 5500 Bischofshofen P: 0043 6462 5319 www.hygcen.at 

The laboratory is not yet accredited, but the assessment by AA has taken place and the process shall be concluded April 2020.
2 ACCREDIA (Italy)

EUROFINS BIOLAB S.r.l. Via Bruno Buozzi 2 20090 – Vimodrone (MI) P: 02 250 7151 www.biolab.it Accreditation ref. n. 0032 

Scope: 5.2.5 Microbial cleanliness (Bioburden)
3 ACCREDIA (Italy)

LAB-CONTROL S.R.L Via Ca’ Dona’ 545 45030 – San Martino di Venezze (RO) P: 0425 176115 info@lab-control.it www.lab-control.it Accreditation ref. n. 0228 

Scope: 5.2.5 Microbial cleanliness (Bioburden)
4 ACCREDIA (Italy)

BIOCHEM S.R.L. Via Benini, 13 40069 Zola Predosa (BO) P: 051 755295 info@biochem-bcm.com www.biochem-bcm.com Accreditation ref. n. 0283 

Scope: 5.2.5 Microbial cleanliness (Bioburden
5 ACCREDIA (Italy)

TECNAL SrL. Via Castelfranco 17/D Loc. Bazzano 40053 – Valsamoggia (BO) Tel. 051 832915 www.tecnal.it laboratorio@tecnal.it Accreditation ref. n. 0299 

Scope: 5.2.5 Microbial cleanliness (Bioburden)
6 ACCREDIA (Italy)

AGROLABambiente SrL Via Pratovecchio 327 51015 – Monsummano Terme (PT) P: 0572 520145 www.ambientesc.it home@ambientesc.it Accreditation ref. n. 0510F 

Scope: 5.2.5 Microbial cleanliness (Bioburden)
7 ACCREDIA (Italy)

ECOPOINT SrL Via Cavour 435 67051 – AVEZZANO (AQ) P: 0572 520145 info@ecopointsrl.it www.ecopointsrl.it Accreditation ref. n. 0696 

Scope: 5.2.5 Microbial cleanliness (Bioburden)
8 ACCREDIA (Italy)

Studio di microbiologia ed ecologia SrL Via delle Anime 87 73100 – Lecce (LE) P: 0832242087 info@ecopointsrl.it www.ecopointsrl.it Accreditation ref. n. 1145 

Scope: 5.2.5 Microbial cleanliness (Bioburden)
9 ACCREDIA (Italy)

Lab4LIFE SrL Via dei Fornaciai 21 G/H 40129 – Bologna (BO) P: 051 4170410 info@lab4life.com www.lab4life.com Accreditation ref. n. 1337 

Scope: 5.2.5 Microbial cleanliness (Bioburden)
10 ACCREDIA (Italy)

CORONATI CONSULTING SrL Via Luigi Gavioli, 3 41037 – Mirandola (MO) Tel. 0535 611533 info@coronaticonsulting.it www.coronaticonsulting.it Accreditation ref. n. 1496 

Scope: 5.2.5 Microbial cleanliness (Bioburden)
11 ACCREDIA (Italy)

ECOPRISMA SrL Via Bigoli, 85 59100 – Prato (PO) P: 0574 660845 info@ecoprisma.it www.ecoprisma.it Accreditation ref. n. 1621 

Scope: 5.2.5 Microbial cleanliness (Bioburden)
12 ACCREDIA (Italy)

BIOCHEM S.R.L. Via Benini, 13 40069 Zola Predosa (BO) P: 051 755295 info@biochem-bcm.com www.biochem-bcm.com Accreditation ref. n. 0283 

Scope: 5.2.5 Biocompatibility
13 ACCREDIA (Italy)

CORONATI CONSULTING SrL Via Luigi Gavioli, 3 41037 – Mirandola (MO) P: 0535 611533 info@coronaticonsulting.it www.coronaticonsulting.it Accreditation ref. n. 1496 

Scope: 5.2.5 Biocompatibility
14 ACCREDIA (Italy)

EUROFINS BIOLAB S.r.l. Via Bruno Buozzi 2 20090 – Vimodrone (MI) P: 02 250 7151 www.biolab.it Accreditation ref. n. 0032 

Scope: 5.2.5 Biocompatibility
15 ACCREDIA (Italy)

Lab4LIFE SrL Via dei Fornaciai 21 G/H 40129 – Bologna (BO) P: 051 4170410 info@lab4life.com www.lab4life.com Accreditation ref. n. 1337 

Scope: 5.2.5 Biocompatibility
16 ACCREDIA (Italy)

VeronaLab SrL Via Alessandro Volta, 8 Villafranca Fraz. Dossobuono (VR) P: 0458601320 info@veronalab.it Accreditation ref. n. 1055 

Scope: 5.2.5 Biocompatibility
17 BELAC (Belgium)

CENTEXBEL 056-TEST Contact: Mark Croes mc@centexbel.be P: +32 474 681 093 

 
18 COFRAC (France)

APAVE SUDEUROPE SAS Région Rhône-Alpes/ Bourgogne/Auvergne – Site de Lyon 177 Route de Sain-Bel – BP 3 69811 TASSIN Cedex Contact : Stéphane MOUË stephane.moue@apave.com Accreditation n°1-1461 

 
19 DAkkS (Germany)

Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung e.V. (DGUV) Prüf- und Zertifizierungsstelle im DGUV Test Institut für Arbeitsschutz der Deutschen Gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung (IFA) Alte Heerstraße 111, 53757 Sankt Augustin puz-ifa@dguv.de Accreditation No: D-PL-17009-34-00 

 
20 DAkkS (Germany)

DEKRA Testing and Certification GmbH Adlerstraße 29, 45307 Essen P: +49 351 21181410 dtc-sales@dekra.com Accreditation No: D-PL-17438-01-03 

 
21 ENAC (Spain)

Centro Nacional De Medios De Proteccion Del INSHT (CNMP) C/ Carabela La Niña, 16. 41007 – Sevilla (Sevilla) P: +34 954 51 41 11 pcaceres@insht.meyss.es 

 
22 ENAC (Spain)

Asociación De Investigación De La Industria Textil (AITEX) (REVISAR) Plaza Emilio Sala, 1. 03801 – Alcoi (Alicante) P: +34 96 554 22 00 sfigueres@aitex.es www.aitex.es 

 
23 PCA (Poland)

Central Institute for Labour Protection – National Research Institute ul. Czerniakowska 16; 00-701 Warszawa P: 22 623-32-90 onip@ciop.pl www.ciop.pl Accreditation No: 038 

 
24 UKAS (UK)

3M Aycliffe Personal Safety Division Laboratory Heighington Lane, Aycliffe, County Durham, DL5 6AF Contact: David Gurden-Williams P: 01325 305234 dgurden@mmm.com Accreditation No: 1127 

 
25 UKAS (UK)

BSI Kitemark Court Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes, MK5 8PP Contact: Ms Maria Crane P: 01908 814724 

regulatory.enquiries@bsigroup.com Accreditation No: 0135 

 

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