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Information Resources Portal on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) 新型冠狀病毒 (COVID-19)資料總匯: Medical Face Masks

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Medical Face Masks

ASTM Standards

  • ASTM F2100-19 Standard Specification for Performance of Materials Used in Medical Face Masks
  • ASTM F2101-19 Standard Test Method for Evaluating the Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) of Medical Face Mask Materials, Using a Biological Aerosol of Staphylococcus aureus
  • ASTM F1862 / F1862M-17 Standard Test Method for Resistance of Medical Face Masks to Penetration by Synthetic Blood (Horizontal Projection of Fixed Volume at a Known Velocity)
  • ASTM F2299 / F2299M - 03(2017) Standard Test Method for Determining the Initial Efficiency of Materials Used in Medical Face Masks to Penetration by Particulates Using Latex Spheres

British Standards

  • BS EN 14593-1:2018 Respiratory protective devices. Compressed air line breathing devices with demand valve. Devices with a full face mask. Requirements, testing and marking
  • BS EN 14683:2019 Medical face masks. Requirements and test methods

European Committee for Standardization

  • EN14683 Harmonizes Bacterial Filtration Efficiency and Differential Pressure with ASTM F2100

ISO Standards

  • ISO 22609:2004 Clothing for protection against infectious agents. Medical face masks. Test method for resistance against penetration by synthetic blood (fixed volume, horizontally projected)


  • GB 19083-2010 - 医用防护口罩技术要求

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Face Mask Re-use Research Conducted by the School of Nursing and Health Studies

News coverage on the face mask re-use research conducted by the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

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