Recap: Get PPEs into the market: conformity and regulatory challenges [webinar]
On July 15, 2020, three SmartX partners – Portuguese Textile Cluster/CITEVE, Textile ETP, and Euramaterials – hosted the first webinar in a series of our interactive online events, Get PPEs into the market: conformity and regulatory challenges.
This exclusive webinar was intended for SmartX members, with the main goal of strengthening the community and sharing state-of-the art knowledge about the key issues that challenge the competitiveness of the European smart textile industries. It focused on the main issues that need to be addressed in order to fulfill the regulatory compliance of PPEs.
It is known that the global PPEs Market exceeded USD 47 billion in 2018 and is estimated to grow at the rate of over 7% between 2019 and 2025. The adoption of a regulatory framework regarding safety of workers is driving the personal protective equipment market, as these products are used to provide protection against health risks in hazardous work environments.
Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic situation has opened new opportunities for economic operators across the EU to increase their manufacturing and distribution capacity with regards to PPEs. At the same time, and because safety is at stake, it is a highly demanding market in terms of conformity assessment and regulatory compliance.
The well-attended webinar addressed all these questions and challenges.
After an introduction by Ana Ribeiro from SmartX partner CITEVE, event participants heard two expert presentations:
1. Henk Vanhoutte (Secretary General of the European Safety Federation) addressed the essential steps in the EU conformity assessment of innovative PPEs.
Henk Vanhoutte is the secretary general of the European Safety Federation, the organisation representing PPE suppliers on the European level. He has been involved in the PPE sector for over 25 years. He supports several initiatives on innovative PPE, as well as the legislative, conformity assessment, and standardisation aspects.
2. Guido Van Duren (Director, Regulatory Affairs EMEA at Ansell) shared the main challenges for the industry in terms of the assessment of PPE compliance.
Guido van Duren is the director of Regulatory affairs of Ansell, a world-leading manufacturer of protective and medical gloves as well as chemical garments. With 30 years of experience in the PPE world, he is also active in various European and national PPE associations, serving as President-Elect of the European Safety Federation and President of the Belgian PPE Federation, Febelsafe. He is also very active as an expert member in the PPE standardization activities such as CEN/TC162/WG8 on hand protection, IEC-CENELEC/TC78/WG15 on electricians’ gloves and within ISO TC94 SC13 WG8 on hand protection.
A Q&A session followed. Thank you to our community for supporting the SmartX educational programming.
The recording will soon be available in the SmartX Online Community. Not a member? Register here.
Every six weeks, SmartX hosts online webinars featuring talks and debates with smart textile experts, focused on the technological aspects, regulations, and access to markets. Read more and make plans to join us!