Buying Agents Association (BAA), India has conducted a webinar on ‘PPE Product Compliance & Exports MSME’. As PPE export has been allowed by the Indian Government, this webinar tried to shed light on all critical aspects a PPE manufacturer should consider before opting for export.
The interactive webinar marked presence of Dr. Dinesh Kundu, CEO, QBD Biosciences; Neeraj Ahuja, MD, Mahadev Exports; Anil Jauhri, ex-CEO, NABCB and V. Mathivanan, AGM, Ordinance Clothing factory, MOD, Government of India in the panel.
All these medical and protective textile industry stalwarts shared what expertise, standards, compliance and understating it takes for PPE manufacturers to export their products.
Dr. Dinesh Kundu started the session by explaining the 4 levels of AAMI medical gowns, specifications, applicability, guidelines of FDA, fabrics used (both in disposable and reusable) in an absolute detail.
He also explained the difference in masks being accepted by different countries and the standards asked for the same.
“The industry stakeholders need to take care of two things: (1) obtain certificate for the number of washes they are claiming in their reusable gowns; (2) expiry date clearance to be taken from FDA, which is generally 2-3 years for a medical gown,” informed Dr. Kundu.
Anil Jauhri, in his detailed briefing, suggested the industry that the market is flooded with a number of unauthorised certification agencies and the PPE manufacturers need to see the logo of accreditation body from IAF/ILAC system, from notified bodies of Europe or with evidence of regulatory approval from USA.
“Even if an exporter has got clearance from international bodies, they still need to take certificate from BIS and NABCB in India, as per a notification issued by DGFT on 20 July,” shared Anil.
Further, V. Mathivanan talked about the overall manufacturing process of PPE coveralls right from fabric to dispatch; tentative physical and chemical properties; and testing protocols.
The webinar was moderated by Rohini Suri and Nitin Mohan, Knowledge Team, BAA, while it was anchored by Apurva Agarwal and Sarat Chandran Ramakrishnan.