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How high safety and health requirements are putting the EU in trouble
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How high safety and health requirements are putting the EU in trouble
health and safety

The Corona crisis has exposed a major flaw in the European system for approving personal protective equipment and medical devices, among other things. Imposing high requirements on products that are not made in the EU has proven to be effectively impossible. As a result, many inferior products enter the Union in large quantities.   In the European Union, a high level of health and safety requirements has been agreed, combined with a system of admission to the internal market, control and enforcement. Worldwide, the EU is even one of the trading blocks with the highest possible...

EU type examination certification for protective clothing
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EU type examination certification for protective clothing
PPE regulation

Category 2 and 3 protective clothing, like other personal protective equipment (PPE), must undergo an EU type examination before it can be placed on the market for the first time. These EU type examinations are carried out by notified bodies. However, coming into force of the new PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 has led to an enormous increase in workload for these notified bodies, with the undesirable effect that the handling time has risen to the maximum permitted by law (12 months). It is clear that this leads to unworkable situations for the product development activities at manufacturers...

New EN standard for rainwear available
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New EN standard for rainwear available

The latest version of EN 343 is now available. This March 2019 version differs in particular from its predecessors due to the possibility of a new, higher class for both the water resistance level and the water vapor resistance. This class 4 requires a water resistance of at least 20 kPa and a water vapour resistance (Ret) of no more than 15 m²⋆Pa / W. This means that only highly breathable materials with a very good water resistance in combination with well-constructed waterproof seams are eligible for this class. In addition, it is now also possible to assess its...

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