The Indian Textile Ministry has come up with regulatory framework for personal protective equipment (PPE).
This has been issued after there were reports of PPE manufacturers selling their rejected pieces failing laboratory tests to some private hospitals.
The new regulation requires a unique certification code called UCC-Covid19 and a mandatory tamper-proof sticker of indelible ink specifying details of the manufacturer.
The code is applicable for both PPE garment and fabric that meets the standards and clears laboratory tests by the South India Textile Research Association (SITRA) and the Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE).
The step is taken to ensure that the PPE production by Indian manufacturers meets all the requirements cited by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
This code will include information like garment type, test procedure and date of test. The sample sent to SITRA and DRDE will be preserved and certification will be valid for a fixed duration.
For coveralls, the codes need to be printed in indelible ink or tamper-proof sticker with details like manufacturer’s name, code, test standards, batch numbers, etc.
India is currently equipped with a capacity of producing 10,000 PPE units per day; however this may increase to 300,000 units as informed by a senior government official.