The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, has published the Specifications UNE 0064 and UNE 0065.
The UNE 0064 Specification establishes, in both parts (UNE 0064-1 and UNE 0064-2) the minimum requirements that reusable masks for adults and children must comply with in terms of the materials used for their design, manufacture, marking and use. This document will facilitate the mass manufacture of masks, as well as promote good use by citizens, as it offers instructions for their correct use.
For its part, Specification 0065 is a document that will facilitate the manufacture of reusable masks in the volume necessary, both industrial and artisanal, offering citizens a protective barrier against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Specification establishes the minimum requirements that reusable masks for adults must comply with in terms of the materials used for their design, manufacture, marking and use.
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.
Due to the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 and the high demand for barrier systems and products, it has been considered necessary to draw up this document, to ensure that masks produced in accordance with this specification complement the barrier gestures and social rules related to social distancing.
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.
These documents are open access, made available by UNE free of charge to all of society.