Overview of the features of the conformity assessment of PPE during a pandemic

The Federal Accreditation Service has prepared an overview of the specifics of assessing the PPE conformity during the spread of coronavirus infection.

Initially, the review was presented on June 26 by the Deputy Head of the Federal Accreditation Service during the international videoconference “PPE — New Challenges in the New World”. So, if we talk about numbers, then for 5 months of 2020 (January-May) 720 certificates of conformity were issued in the field of PPE certification. The overwhelming majority of them (495 certificates) are for PPE of domestic production. The rest are for import.

At the same time, the majority of certificates were issued for suits and gloves that protect against low temperatures, as well as for protective equipment against exposure to low temperatures and wind.

The main violations which were allowed when assessing the conformity of PPE during a pandemic are:

  • violation of the certification procedure (first of all, testing not for all established safety indicators, as well as testing according to those methods that are not included in TR CU 019/2011 «About safety of PPE»);
  • substitution of the certification scheme (using 5C instead of 1C).

Special attention in the review was paid to the requirements for accredited persons and new extended recommendations for conformity assessment, in force in connection with a difficult epidemiological situation. Also it was noted that until December 31, 2020, these recommendations (if there is a request from the applicant) can be equally applied by certification bodies both for imported goods and for products manufactured in our country.

Detailed recommendations on the implementation of the activities of certification bodies and testing centers during a difficult epidemiological situation associated with the spread of coronavirus infection can be found in ASIZ. Another important point in the issue of conformity assessment during a pandemic is conducting on-site assessments of compliance with the accreditation criteria in a remote form. This format is agreed as the main one until the end of 2020.