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Meeting the mark: demonstrating compliance in the face mask market

In 2020, the face mask market experienced explosive growth, and it’s showing no signs yet of slowing down*. But as companies switch to manufacturing masks to meet this surge in demand for critical supplies, there are certain criteria they need to fulfil to produce regulatory-compliant products.


Proven to significantly reduce transmission of COVID-19 via small airborne droplets, face masks have become mandatory wear in many countries as part of the first line of defence against the virus. Demand is also being fuelled by growing public recognition of the need to protect against other harmful contaminants in the air, especially among those living with respiratory diseases and allergies. The rest of the world is now following Asia’s example, where for decades people have worn masks to shield against infection spread and pollution.

Unsurprisingly, the pre-pandemic supply base has been unable to meet this sudden surge in demand. To avert a crisis caused by shortages in the global supply chain, governments have encouraged the local manufacture of masks. Countless companies have responded to the call and moved in to fill the gap.

Many of these companies have no prior history in manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and need to retool their production lines to manufacture masks. Others are new ventures who have to build their manufacturing capability from scratch.

But both face the same challenge: as you quickly gear up for mask production, how can you swiftly and confidently ensure your masks are compliant in this understandably heavily regulated market?

To manufacture regulatory-compliant medical-grade face masks (FFP 2) you not only need to invest in the right machinery and establish the right processes. Each mask also needs to clearly and indelibly display regulatory information such as the CE mark.

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*According to research by MarketsandMarkets in their October 2020 report, the face mask market is projected to grow from USD 737 million in 2019 to USD 3,021 million in 2025; reaching a USD 22,143 million peak in 2021.