Protective masks

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Today, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has launched its new online matching platform for protective equipment (MAPS (in German)). MAPS provides companies, public bodies and other organisations with reliable information on the procurement of protective masks. The platform only lists masks that comply with EU standards for medical devices and personal protective equipment.

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier said: “Protective masks play a crucial role in containing the spread of coronavirus. The first few months of the pandemic have taught us that masks have to be commonly available in sufficient numbers. That is why we set out to implement successful funding programmes to promote the manufacturing of masks in Germany. Further to this, the matching platform for protective equipment we have now launched offers an overview of providers of protective masks. Our aim is, in particular, to support companies, the skilled craft sector and public institutions in procuring protective equipment.”

MAPS contains information on manufacturers of certified masks, their portfolio, prices and terms of delivery. It also lists manufacturers of melt-blown nonwovens, a key upstream product for the production of protective masks. Users of the platform can refine their search for companies and their product range according to a number of criteria. Purchasers then contact manufacturers directly: the platform does not handle the actual transactions.

Manufacturers of certified masks and of melt-blown nonwovens can register with MAPS at any time. Registration on the platform requires the products concerned to meet the requirements for entering the European market and to comply with EU standards for medical devices and personal protective equipment.