20 March 2020. The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, has taken the initiative to offer, free of charge, numerous technical standards setting forth the manufacturing processes for protective equipment for use by healthcare providers, such as clothing, masks and gloves. The aim is to facilitate their manufacture in the best conditions in order to deal with the health crisis caused by the Coronavirus COVID-19. These documents are available online at this link.
Technical standards are documents that reflect the consensus of experts on best practices in a specific matter. They provide safety and speed for key processes.
With the free availability of this set of standards, companies that manufacture these materials will have free online access to the standards to be met in the manufacture of basic medical and healthcare products, such as self-filtering masks (UNE-EN 149:2001+A1),(UNE-EN 1827:1999+A1:2010) medical gloves (UNE EN 455 set of standards) and protective clothing against liquid chemical products (UNE-EN 14605:2005+A1).
The Spanish standardisation body has taken this initiative to help protect the lives of healthcare providers and their patients and in the extraordinary and exceptional framework regulated by the Royal Decree declaring the state of alarm for the management of the health crisis situation caused by the COVID-19.
This measure is consistent with the general action of UNE, as a company that strives for the well-being of Spanish society and its sectors of activity, creating trust and confidence through the development of standards.
At the following link you can access the UNE standards under this initiative. The free standards offered include the following, grouped by areas: