Swedish hospitals get the OK! to use Protection-Mask90 provided by the Military
Source: Sverigeradio (Swedisk)
Previously prohibited protective masks are now allowed
The previously banned military protective mask 90, which was developed for Sweden’s defense in the 1990s, can now be used by health personnel. The special protective mask lacks a special EU label and has therefore not been allowed, but following a crisis action by the European Commission, the ban is temporarily lifted.
The decision is welcomed by the Agency for Social Protection and Preparedness, which has called on the Swedish Work Environment Authority to ease the ban.
More than 750,000 masks were made for the defense in the 1990s. In 2018, the Swedish Work Environment Authority stopped the use of Protective Mask 90 for, among other things, ambulance personnel and emergency services, since it was developed before Sweden’s EU entry and therefore lacks a so-called CE marking that will ensure the quality of products sold within the Union. Only the Armed Forces have been allowed to continue using the mask.
The decision by the Swedish Work Environment Authority today means that many masks that are stored in Swedish repositories at various authorities, municipalities and other institutions can be used as an important resource to overcome the acute shortage of protective equipment due to the corona crisis.