Only cloth face masks that comply with the standard are guaranteed in terms of quality and function

13. December 2021

Only cloth face masks that comply with the standard are guaranteed in terms of quality and function

The Danish Health Authority recommends that we wear either a CE-marked disposable face mask or a cloth face mask, which has been tested and approved according to the Danish standard.  However, currently no cloth face masks on the Danish market are approved according to the Danish standard. Therefore, manufacturers should get their products tested.

Face masks are back in the Danish streets. Unfortunately, not all washable face masks can be fully trusted when it comes to quality, function, and safety. Although a Danish standard exists that ensures exactly this, currently no cloth face mask on the Danish market has been approved according to that Danish standard.

We started work on the standard because no requirements existed in that area and to allow consumers who seek an alternative to medical disposable face masks to choose washable face masks which have been tested and fulfill requirements in terms of quality, function, and safety. We see this as important and hope that manufacturers will make sure that their face masks are tested according to the standard so that they are in line with the recommendations of the Danish Health Authority, says Jens Heiede, standardization director at Danish Standards. He continues:

We know that some face masks, if tested, would live up to the standard because they are approved under the medical devices directive or the personal protective equipment directive. But consumers cannot know that because there is no DS label on the package.

The Danish Health Authority recommends that Danish citizens wear a CE-marked disposable face mask or a cloth face mask with a documented high degree of filtration, which has been tested and approved according to the Danish standard. Since currently no cloth face masks on the Danish market have been approved according to the Danish standard, the Danish Health Authority recommends that manufacturers have their products tested.

Until now, it may not have been very attractive to produce face masks according to the standard due to the lack of requirements for face masks. We hope that the new requirements for the use of face masks together with the request from the Danish Health Authority, that producers of cloth face masks get their products tested and approved according to the Danish standard, will make it more attractive to produce face masks that comply with the standard. That would make it easier for consumers to choose a safe and well-functioning face mask, says Jens Heiede.

A text printed on the packaging of face masks that comply with the requirements will inform the consumer that the masks  comply with the Danish standard, DS 3000:2021. The text on the packaging will also provide information about the degree of filtration. This, together with other initiatives, should help ensure a more transparent market.

The standard is made available free of charge in electronic pdf-format and can be found here: https://webshop.ds.dk/da-dk/s%c3%b8gning/13-340-20-hovedbeskyttelsesudstyr/ds-30002021

An addendum to the standard has been produced to accommodate manufacturers that produce face masks with a degree of filtration that is higher than the one initially required by the standard:

https://webshop.ds.dk/en-gb/search/13-340-20-hovedbeskyttelsesudstyr/ds-30002021-till-12021?CurrencyCode=EUR 

 

Contact

Jeanett Fleron
Jeanett Fleron Seniorkonsulent | Senior Consultant
Standardisering | El, Sundhed & Forbruger
E: jef@ds.dk
T: 39 96 61 72

Also see

Future EU legislation on AI and the important role standards play

27. November 2023

Future EU legislation on AI and the important role standards play

See or rewatch this webinar where you will gain insight into the standards that are being developed for Artificial Intelligence and which will play a major role for the companies’ implementation of the demands laid down in the future AI Act.

16. November 2023

How can standards support the future European wind energy sector?

Discover the challenges and sustainability developments in the wind power sector and how the European Commission's Wind Power Action Plan and standardization efforts can drive renewable energy deployment in Europe.

Denmark to lead UN collaboration on international standard for SDGs

03. November 2023

Denmark to lead UN collaboration on international standard for SDGs

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) are collaborating to develop an international management system standard for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Denmark is t...

For a whole week, safety of electrical products will be on the international agenda

06. June 2023

For a whole week, safety of electrical products will be on the international agenda

One hundred experts from 33 countries will meet in Copenhagen next week to reach a consensus on comments on no less than 73 draft standards on consumer safety in electrical products, covering everything from kitchen appliances to electrically oper...