Extra staff, shift work and permanent test setups ensure that FORCE Technology can test and approve personal protective equipment 24 hours a day, allowing the equipment to reach the healthcare system as soon as possible.

6 April 2020

In Denmark, as well as in the rest of the world, there is an urgent need for personal protective equipment (PPE), which is why many companies are shifting their production to manufacture PPE. In addition, importers and health authorities are scouring the market to find as many PPE-supplies as possible.

Efficient test setup shortens the process significantly

In the product testing laboratory at FORCE Technology in Brøndby, a number of our technicians are currently working around the clock to test and approve these PPE products for the health care system.

“Right now, protective equipment has top priority. We have trained additional technicians for the task, introduced shift work and run permanent test setups - of course with the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our employees. This means that we can test personal protective equipment efficiently around the clock," says Head of Department Henrik Lindeløv and continues: "Normally, it takes a few months to get a new PPE device tested and approved for the market. But with our current setup, we are able to do it in a few days.”

Screening ensures new manufacturers a quick response

The PPE currently being tested include equipment manufactured outside the EU, which is not approved according to the European standards. In this case, it is necessary to ensure that it meets the requirements in the standards before it can be released to the European market. But there is also PPE, manufactured by new manufacturers, who have switched their production.

Henrik Lindeløv explains: “We get a lot of inquiries - also from companies that have never produced personal protective equipment before and who are being creative to find new solutions. That’s why we also offer screenings of materials or half finished products in addition to testing and approving ready-for-production products. This way, we can quickly determine if it makes sense for the manufacturer to continue the product development.”

Urgent need for PPE during COVID-19 dispenses with CE marking

All kinds of personal protective equipment, e.g. filtering face masks, protective suits, gloves etc. are covered by a number of standards and normally they must be tested and subsequently CE marked before being marketed and sold on the Danish and European market.

However, due to COVID-19, the European Commission has recommended that the local health authorities in Europe disregard normal rules and use personal protective equipment without the CE mark provided that they are approved by a national market surveillance authority.

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