Is it mandatory to comply with the UNE specifications in the manufacture of hygienic masks?
As specified in the Ministerial Order, when manufacturing this type of mask, the manufacturer may choose to comply with the UNE specifications or, failing that, comply with other equivalents, as long as it is guaranteed that the criteria of acceptance.
Procedures necessary to manufacture and market hygienic masks
For these products, there is no type of approval or CE marking, so no type of authorization from the Administration is necessary.
The manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that the product complies with all applicable requirements, testing, labeling, etc. .. and once these checks have been made, it can always be manufactured and marketed under its responsibility without prior authorization.
For their part, the surveillance authorities, upon detecting doubtful products, may request the information and documentation they consider and take the appropriate measures.
Differences between reusable and non-reusable masks
- Non-reusable masks are for single use only and must be disposed of after use and use for more than 4 hours is not recommended.
- Reusable masks are designed so that they can be washed and used several times, so they require that the materials for the manufacture of these masks are washable.
What is the maximum number of washes?
According to UNE 0065: 2020 it is indicated that reusable masks must withstand at least 5 washes and dried without losing performance, so we can say that the maximum number of washes must be at least 5, unless the manufacturer guarantees a higher number.
The manufacturer must specify the permitted washing methods so that the material used does not lose its properties.
You can check the washing methods allowed in this link on the website of the Ministry of Health:
Cleaning and disinfection of reusable hygienic masks
All the information provided in this article has been extracted from the Guides published by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, for the manufacture of masks and protective clothing:
Guides for the manufacture of masks and protective clothing
Regarding the materials for the manufacture of masks, at AND & OR we offer our clients the raw material for their production:
Spunbond for the outer layer and Meltblown masks BFE 95 and BFE 99 for the middle layer.