Should you be reprocessing single-use PPE & Medical device during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Since the start of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, there’s been a increasing spike in the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) globally. What was already becoming an increasingly high in demand field for medical devices such as surgical masks, exploration gloves, gowns and the like, has seen demand never seen before, coinciding with the current pandemic.
“There is documentation circulating in the UK stating FDA approval for the reprocessing of face masks using various technologies. This FDA approval is not legally recognised in the UK . Any approvals should be sought from the UK authorities” 
“In regards to reprocessing Class I Face Masks; Sterile Services Departments should currently be working within the scope of their notified body certification and not deviating from that” .
“Face masks are designated as PPE when worn by hospital staff not Medical Devices. Advice should be sought from BEIS and HSE prior to re-purposing these” .
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