The FFP2 NR Face Masks have a Fold Flat Design meaning they can go easily in your pocket and the bendable nose piece helps shape the mask to your face for the best fit.
CE Approved to EN149:2001 Standard
Tested by a EU Approved test laboratory
FFP2 NR Category
Construction: 45% Non woven, 30% Meltblown, 25% Cotton
Pack of 5
There are a lot of FFP2 masks on the market these days. Some good, and an awful lot are bad. We decided to source a product initially so we could provide our staff with them if it was required to help us safely get back to work. Along the way we were horrified to find so many illegal and non compliant masks on sale by big companies, some of them medical companies, and so we decided to bring a product to the market that our customers could buy.
What does a sports equipment company know about medical masks I hear you ask? Well what we do know about is CE approvals, how to get products tested , how to check they were tested properly , and how to check that tests are genuine etc. Many years of dealing with life jackets, boats, ropes, eyewear and other products that require CE approvals have taught us how to properly check that products are genuine and conform to the genuine standards. In the search for a good quality approved mask we rejected over 30 suppliers whose documentation, test results, certification etc was not fully compliant.
For an FFP2 mask to be properly certified and legally for sale in the EU (And that includes the UK for the time being) it must be ‘type approved’ in line with the requirements of a European standard called EN149:2001. You might have heard of the following standards GB2626 (The Chinese Standard, dont be fooled by the GB part it’s got nothing to do with Great Britain), KN95 (Another Chinese Standard) or N95 (The American Standard). These standards are all similar to the FFP2 detailed in the EN149 standard but they are not the ones we use in the UK and checking whether the product you are buying actually complies to these standards (As opposed to just having a sticker that says it does) can be almost impossible.
The Chinese authorities have now started clamping down on poor quality masks as they dont want the reputational damage to their country caused by supplying the world with faulty masks during the pandemic. They havent stopped these masks being made but it’s becoming more difficult to export them abroad. There is now a whitelist of suppliers deemed reputable by the Chinese authorities to help cut down the number of poor quality products leaving the country.
So, our masks are made in China by a whitelisted manufacturer and tested and approved by a test organisation authorised by the European Eunion to do so. The certificates are fully checked and valid and available to trading standards for checking.
You might also be wondering if buying these masks is keeping lifesaving equipment from the NHS. The answer is no. We are registered with the NHS in Scotland and England as a supplier and they are free to buy our entire stock if they so wish. The factory we use to produce them is not running at full capacity and can supply man more than we are able to order so we are not eating into a finite resource. Finally the NHS prefer to use FFP3 masks rather than FFP2 masks like this.
There is currently no VAT on this product due to government COVID support. This is due to end in on 31 Oct 2020.