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The UNE Specification has been published to facilitate the manufacture of reusable masks

15/04/2020

The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, has published Specification 0065, which establishes the requirements that reusable masks for adults must comply with in terms of the materials used for their design, manufacture, marking and use. This document will facilitate the manufacture of reusable masks, both industrial and artisanal, in the required volume, offering citizens a protective barrier against the COVID-19 pandemic. UNE makes this document freely available to the general public. Download the UNE 0065 Specification.

This new UNE Specification provides manufacturers with clear requirements for the manufacture of reusable masks. All of this, with the guarantee that, if manufactured in accordance with the provisions of the Specification, a mask will be obtained with an acceptable level of bacterial filtration efficiency and breathing resistance without the need to perform tests if the specified materials are used. The possibility to reuse the masks considerably increases their useful life and therefore the availability of the product in the necessary volume.

This Specification is flexible and accommodates other materials and designs, different from those indicated, although these modifications must be tested with respect to the tests detailed in the Specification in order to mark the final product with respect to the document. This allows the range of materials and designs that can be used to be expanded considerably, which is of great interest to national industry. 

These masks, manufactured in accordance with the new UNE 0065 Specification, will offer a protective barrier to citizens against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Specification provides the end user with instructions for wearing, use, removal, storage and washing, which are fundamental to guaranteeing the protection for which they have been designed, both for first usage and for subsequent uses.

This Specification is in addition to UNE 0064-1 and UNE 0064-2, which establish the requirements for single use hygienic masks for adults and children, respectively.

Both UNE, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and the Ministry of Consumer Affairs have drawn up guides with frequently asked questions (FAQ) that address numerous issues regarding hygiene masks in accordance with UNE specifications and other types of protective masks. These are aimed at both manufacturers and consumers: from marking/labelling, to where they can be purchased, including processing for manufacturing and sale, what type of mask we need, or how to use them correctly. Enquiry here the UNE FAQ;  here those of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and here those issued by MINCOTUR.

This set of documents provides citizens with a protective bacterial barrier against particles, together with breathability requirements that allow them to keep protected and to continue with their daily lives when wearing the mask. This is a fundamental measure, together with the rest of the social distancing measures, to face the current scenario.

The drafting of the three UNE Specifications was participated in by the Ministry of Health; The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism; The Ministry of Consumer Affairs; Ministry of Labour and Social Economy; AEMPS; INSST; CIE; FENIN; AITEX; ASEPAL; IBV; COIIM; EURECAT; LEITAT and TEXFOR.