Advisory for Minimum Essentials Fire Safety Measures

NABH – Advisory for Minimum Essential Fire Safety Measures for All Healthcare Facilities

NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals And Healthcare Providers) has issued an advisory recently on Minimum Essential Fire Safety Measures to be followed by healthcare organizations in the country.

This was the advisory for Minimum Essential Fire Safety Measures applicable to Healthcare Units under all schemes of Certification and Accreditation offered by NABH. These guidelines are meant to ensure patient safety and in no way absolves the organization of fulfilling its statutory obligations with regard to fire safety while implementing Certification, Accreditation Programs in the country.

The Advisory has listed out the scenarios where a Healthcare Organisation has Fire NOC, has No Fire NOC in place. The content of the advisory released by NABH is shared below for information purposes :

Advisory Content :

When the Healthcare Facility has Fire NOC in place, advisory calls for health facilities to check on the compliance to the minimum essential home Act/DHO fire safety measures are in place and or functioning.

Advisory says when the Healthcare facilities don’t have Fire NOC , following steps have to be addressed by a healthcare organisation :

  • Approval/Registration from local health authority Eg: Nursing home Act/DHO
  • If Fire NOC is not applicable, organisation has to provide valid justification for the same.
  • If Fire NOC is applicable, confirm that the organization has applied for fire NOC and there is regular correspondence (at least once in three months) with fire department which is acknowledged. Any correspondence received from the fire department has to be submitted.
  • In the absence of Fire NOC, Third Party Inspection Certificate should be made available.
  • The third-party audit should provide evidence to suggest that statutory norms are adhered to Any Observation by the third party should have been addressed.
  • The third-party inspection certificate is valid for a maximum period of one year
  • Head of the organization/Promoter to give an undertaking on the organization’s letter-head stating that fire safety measures are in place and adhered to at all times.
  • During assessment, verify that the points in the checklist are in place and are functioning

*NABH prescribes that Fire & Life Safety Inspection Certificates under NABCB accreditation issued by NABCB accredited Type ‘A’ Inspection Bodies for Fire & Life Safety Inspections of hospitals/health care providers shall be in accordance with the following:
a. National Building Code of India
b. Model Bill to provide for the maintenance of Fire and Emergency service for the state (2019)
c. Respective State Fire Safety Rules
d. NABH accreditation requirements for fire safety and applicable statutes
e. Any other applicable statutes.

Such Fire & Life Safety Inspection Certificates shall be accepted in lieu of statutory Fire NOC, only for consideration for the purpose of NABH accreditation. This does not absolve the hospitals/health care providers from complying to Fire NOC requirements/any other extent applicable statutes. It shall be sole responsibility of hospitals/health care providers to obtain Fire NOC, as applicable.

NABCB accredited Inspection Bodies shall be required to issue a final Fire & Life Safety Inspection certificate under NABCB accreditation bearing NABCB Accreditation Mark after the inspection is carried out and satisfactory corrective action and resolution of non-conformities, if any.

NABH accreditation requirements for Fire & Life Safety : (in addition to above)

  1. Firefighting equipment like wet riser, hydrants, auto sprinkler, fire alarm system, fire extinguishers of all types and sizes should be available as per table below (adapted from NBC 2016).
  2. Operational and maintenance plan for firefighting equipment including refilling of extinguishers.
  3. Up to date fire drawings to be available. Where applicable, the fire drawings should also specify the location of fire dampers.
  4. Fire detection and smoke detectors exist across all floors. The detectors shall be tested for functionality at regular intervals, and records maintained.
  5. Central fire alarm system is installed at a location which is staffed 24/7.
  6. Fire exit plan for each floor. Exit door should be openable and free from any materials which will obstruct way.
  7. Fire Exit signage on all floors well illuminated/ self-glowing, as per NBC guidelines.
  8. Emergency illumination system in case power goes.
  9. Designated place for assembly of patients and staff in case of fire.
  10. Mock fire drill records and schedule of conduct of drills.

Minimum Requirements for Fire Fighting Installations

Advisory can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

Source of the Information :
https://nabh.co/Announcement/Revised%20Advisory%20for%20Minimum%20Essential%20Fire%20Safety%20Measures%20-20.09.2022.pdf

Above advisory says that Healthcare organisations need to obtain a Fire and Life Safety Inspection Certificates from Third Parties – Type A accredited Inspection Agencies accredited by NABCB in accordance with NBC 2016 and various other Regulations as mandated under various statutes, Rules, laws of centre , state etc

Hospitals , Healthcare Institutions have to look out for Type A Inspection Bodies (IBs) accredited by NABCB if they don’t have Fire NOC to seek Fire and Life Safety Inspections. Type A IBs have to obtain necessary accreditation scope as per various regulatory requirements, standards in the country. These IBs may have to seek accreditation as per IAF Code 34 ; NACE Code 71 which addresses the Inspection of Buildings activities

At the moment NABCB Accredited IBs with above IAF Scope are not found NABCB Registry. Few IBs may seek Accreditation under above scope to cater to the requirement specified by NABH in future. Healthcare organisations have to refer NABCB’s Registry for more updates on the accredited IBs list.

It’s a good move to encourage healthcare businesses to show compliance and adherence to Regulatory, Statutory requirements by offering Safety and Assurance to the users of healthcare facilities and Employees as well.

Call for ePosters – by Asian Society for Quality in Health Care (ASQua)

World Patient Safety Day 2022 – Poster Competition – invite by ASQua

Asian Society for Quality in Health Care (ASQua) commemorates World Patient Safety Day 2022 with a webinar on 19/Sep/2022 (Monday) at 3:30 pm IST.

Prof.Jeffrey Braithwaite, President, ISQua will provide the Keynote address followed by Speakers from Taiwan, Japan and India deliberating on the WHO Strategic Framework of the Global Patient Safety Challenge. Results of the e-Poster competition conducted will also be announced.

ASQua invites you to submit your poster abstracts under the following tracks to commemorate the theme of WPSD 2022: Medication Safety – 19th September, 2022

  1. Technology to prevent medication harm
  2. Innovative practices in preventing medication harm

Please email your poster to asqua@asquaa.org and make sure the following info included in your email subject:

  1. The event title “2022 WPSD poster”
  2. Main presenting author’s full name
  3. Abstract title

Submission Guidelines (link)

Submission Opens :5th August 2022
Submission Deadline :5th September 2022
Eposter template (www.asquaa.org/wpsd2022)
Submit Abstract to asqua@asquaa.org
Registration Information (www.asquaa.org/wpsd2022)
The link to register for the FREE webinar – https://forms.gle/p7uEzbzjUrPeiTQ78
Notification about acceptance or rejection will be delivered via email to the submitter by 19th September 2022.

All ePosters will be made available on the online ePoster platform of ASQua.

For any additional queries,

Contact
Mr. Saifulhazmi Bin Salihin
Secretariat
Email: asqua@asquaa.org

Pharma Sector Global Standards

Government of India launches scheme for pharma sector to step up capacity, upgrade to global standards

Move from Volume to Value

Support to Pharma clusters and MSME units to enhance quality and technology improvement

In the launch event of DoP’s Strengthening of Pharmaceuticals Industries – Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Health & Family Welfare urges the Pharma Industry to make India a global leader in pharma sector and utilize the scheme to upgrade MSMEs to high standards.

On July 21, 2022, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Health & Family Welfare formally launched the scheme of Strengthening of Pharmaceuticals Industries at Dr Ambedkhar International Convention Centre, Janpath, New Delhi, in the presence of  Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers and New & Renewable energy Shri Bhagwanth Khuba amidst the strong presence of pharma MSME industry players and representatives of major Pharma Associations. 

The initiatives under the scheme are aimed at further enhancing India’s capabilities in the pharmaceuticals sector with an objective to make it much more competitive in terms of both quality and cost and also aimed at making Indian pharma MSMEs, a part of Global supply chain by incentivizing them to acquire Schedule M and WHO GMP certifications.

The Scheme provides for credit linked capital and interest subsidy for Technology Upgradation of MSME units in pharmaceutical sector, as well as support of up to Rs 20 crore each for common facilities including Research centre, testing labs and ETPs in Pharma Clusters. SIDBI will be the Project management Consultant for implementing the scheme.

The Chemicals and Fertilisers Ministry rolled out the schemes under the banner of ‘Strengthening Pharmaceuticals Industry’ (SPI). SIDBI will be the project management consultant for implementing the scheme

Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh Mandaviya said the schemes envisage technology upgradation, setting up of common research centres and effluent treatment plants in clusters for the pharma MSMEs and Small companies should be able to upgrade their facilities to global manufacturing standards.

The scheme has three components:

 Assistance to Pharmaceutical Industry for Common Facilities (APICF) – would strengthen the existing pharmaceutical clusters’ capacity for sustained growth. It provides for an assistance of up to 70 per cent of the approved project cost or Rs 20 crore, whichever is less.

 Pharmaceutical Technology Upgradation Assistance Scheme (PTUAS) – would facilitate pharmaceutical MSMEs with proven track record to upgrade their technology. The scheme has provisions for a capital subsidy of 10 per cent on loans up to a maximum limit of Rs 10 crore with a minimum repayment period of three years or interest subvention of up to 5 per cent (6 per cent in case of units owned by SC/ST) on reducing balance basis

 Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Promotion and Development Scheme (PMPDS), would involve preparation of study reports on topics of importance for the Indian pharma and medical device industry. The scheme is aimed at creating a database of pharma and medical device sectors

Information Source : https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/trends/current-affairs-trends/government-launches-scheme-for-pharma-sector-to-step-up-capacity-upgrade-to-global-standards-8862561.html

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleaseIframePage.aspx?PRID=1843560

Consumers to ensure they purchase Products bearing ISI Mark

Over 450 products under the ambit of mandatory certification

For a number of products, compliance to Indian Standards is made compulsory by the Government of India taking into cognizance various considerations viz. public interest, protection of human, animal or plant health, safety of environment, prevention of unfair trade practices and national security.

As on date, over 450 products are under the ambit of mandatory certification.

Consumers must ensure that they purchase these products bearing ISI Mark.

The key consumer products under mandatory certification include Cement, Electric iron, Electric immersion water heater, Domestic Food Mixer, Switches, Helmets, Domestic Pressure Cookers, Automotive tyres, Tubes, Packaged drinking water, LPG stoves, LPG cylinders, Toys etc. The key consumer electronic products under compulsory certification include Mobile phones, Laptops, TV, Power adapters, Power banks, Digital camera etc.

For these products, the Government makes it mandatory for manufacturers to follow Indian Standards and obtain BIS certification. The Indian Standards formulated by BIS form the basis for Product Certification Schemes, which provide Third Party Assurance of Quality of products to consumers.

BIS implements Quality Control Orders (QCOs) issued by the Government which ensure that the notified products conform to the requirements of the relevant Indian Standard(s).

The information on QCOs issued by the Central Government can be obtained from BIS website (www.bis.gov.in) under the following link Conformity Assessment -> Product Certification -> Products under Compulsory Certification.

After the date of commencement of the QCO, no person can manufacture, import, distribute, sell, hire, lease, store or exhibit for sale any product(s) covered under the QCO without a Standard Mark except under a valid certification from BIS. As the QCOs are equally applicable to Indian manufacturers as well as foreign manufacturers, the Indian consumers are assured of the quality of such products manufactured in India as well as imported to the country.

QCOs are issued by various Line Ministries (Regulators) under the Central Government depending upon the product(s)/ product categories being regulated through the Order, after having stakeholder consultations. Any person who contravenes the provisions of the Order shall be punishable under the provisions of sub-section (3) of section 29 of the BIS Act, 2016 with imprisonment or with fine or with both.

Source: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1847501
Posted On: 02 AUG 2022 5:57PM by PIB Delhi

SIB SHInE Fellowship 2022 – 2023 Program

School of International Biodesign-Synergising Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIB SHInE) fellowship 2022 – 2023 Program

Calling out to passionate graduates for DBT’s prestigious Biodesign Program Fellowship

IIT Kanpur and KGMU Lucknow jointly are inviting applications for School of International Biodesign-Synergising Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIB SHInE) fellowship program

About SIB SHInE Program

The program is based on the philosophy of 4Cs ie.., Clinical Immersion, Conception, Creation and Corroborations.

The year-long fellowship will provide the fellows an in-depth understanding of biomedical product development – from the identification of clinical opportunities to the initiation of a new venture.

Access SIB SHInE Program Brochure:

Know more: https://www.sibshine.com/

Deadline: 29th July 2022 (Midnight)

Contact: 
SIB SHInE
IITK KGMU Biodesign Program
sib_shine@iitk.ac.in
Address:
SIDBI Building, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 208016

IRDAI Notification

Standards and Benchmarks for the Hospitals in the Provider NetworkIRDAI Notification on Hospitals for Insurers and TPAs

IRDAI has released a notification on 20th July, 2022 with an advisory to Non Life Insurers and TPAs about on boarding Hospitals under Cashless Empanelment Scheme and the changes to the Standards and Benchmarks Criteria laid down for the Hospitals earlier.

This advisory calls for Insurers choosing their own empanelment criteria for Hospitals and updating the same in their respective websites for the benefit of industry and stakeholders , as updated from time to time.

IRDAI has suggested to Board of Insurers to consider the Minimum Resources and Infrastructure conditions that prevail in wide range of Hospitals across the country while empanelling the Hospitals. The insurers are now empowered to empanel the network providers that meet the standards and benchmarks criteria as specified by their respective boards. The board approved empanelment criteria shall be published in the website of the insurers from time to time.

This advisory enables Insurers to extend the scope of coverage of cashless scheme to wide range of healthcare facilities in the country. While empaneling network providers for cashless facility, insurers are also advised to focus on the delivery of quality healthcare services.

These instructions come into force with immediate effect.

Download the IRDAI Advisory here

Source – https://www.irdai.gov.in/ADMINCMS/cms/Circulars_Layout.aspx?page=PageNo4762

To understand the requirement of IRDAI advisory on Standards and Benchmarks for the Hospitals, please download the earlier advisories as shared below :

Master circular (ref. IRDAI/HLT/REG/CIR/193/07/2020 dated 22nd July, 2020). . Download here to read more about the Master Circular

Please read Chapter IV of the Master Circular shared above to understand the norms laid down under Standards and benchmarks for hospitals in the provider network. Reading the Master Circular of 2020 helps healthcare establishments understand the specification laid down earlier for Cashless Schemes and Reimbursement Claims .

What does the Chapter IV of the Master Circular says ?

Insurers and TPAs, wherever applicable, shall ensure that Network Providers or Hospitals which meet with the definition of ‘Hospital’ provided in Chapter I of these Guidelines shall meet with the following minimum requirements:

a. All the Network Providers as at 27th July, 2018 shall, comply with the following by 26th July, 2020:

i. Register with Registry of Hospitals in the Network of lnsurers (ROHlNl) maintained by lnsurance lnformation Bureau (llB). [https://rohini.iib.gov.in].

ii. Obtain either “NABH Entry Level Certification” (or higher level of certificate) issued by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) or State Level Certificate (or higher level of certificate) under National Quality Assurance Standards (NOAS), issued by National Health Systems Resources Centre (NHSRC).

iii. In respect of all the new entrants (after 27th July 2018), only those hospitals that are compliant with the requirements specified at Clause (a) (i) above shall be enlisted as network providers. These network providers shall comply with the requirements stipulated at Clause (a) (ii) above within one year from the date of enlisting as a Network Provider and this shall be one of the conditions of Health Services Agreement.

iv. lnsurers and TPAs may also endeavour to get hospitals (other than Network Providers) involved in reimbursement claims to meet the requirements stipulated at Clause (a) (i) and (a) (ii) above.

b. AYUSH Hospitals and AYUSH Day Care Centres which meet the definition of AYUSH Hospitals and AYUSH Day Care Centres defined under Chapter I of these Guidelines shall also obtain:

(i) Either “NABH Entry Level Certification” (or higher level of certificate) issued by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) or State Level Certificate (or higher level of certificate) under National Quality Assurance Standards (NQAS), issued by National Health Systems Resources Centre (NHSRC).

(ii) All the existing AYUSH Hospitals and AYUSH Day Care Centres shall comply with the requirements referred above within a period of twelve months from 26th November, 2019, if the said certificate
is not already obtained.

(Note: The above instructions at a and b are subject to the directions of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court in its order dated 29th May 2019 / 31st May 2019, in respect of W.P(C) 6237 of 2019, which needs to be complied with till further orders of the Hon’ble Court.)

c. The providers shall comply with the minimum standard clauses in the agreement amongst Insurers, Network Providers and TPAs applicable to providers listed in Annexure 22 of Master Circular Ref.
IRDAI/TPA/REG/CIR/130/06/2020 dated 03.06.2020 and as amended from time to time.

d. Providers shall be bound by the Provider Services—Cashless facility admission procedure laid down in Schedule A of Master Circular Ref. IRDAI/TPA/REG/CIR/130/06/2020 dated 03.06.2020 and as amended from time to time.

e. Providers shall be bound by the process of de-empanelment of providers laid down in Schedule B of Master Circular Ref. IRDAI/TPA/REG/CIR/130/06/2020 dated 03.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

f. Providers shall follow the standard discharge summary format prescribed under Schedule C of Master Circular Ref. IRDAI/TPA/REG/CIR/130/06/2020 dated 03.06.2020 and as amended from time to time.

g. Providers shall follow the standard format for provider bills prescribed under Schedule D of Master Circular Ref. IRDAI/TPA/REG/CIR/130/06/2020 dated 03.06.2020 and as amended from time to time.

h. Providers shall ensure that the standard claim form and form for request for cashless hospitalization for Health Insurance Policy provided for under Annexure 30 of Master Circular Ref.IRDAI/TPA/REG/CIR/130/06/2020 dated 03.06.2020 and as amended from time to time are adhered to in respect of all claims.

PHDCCI Conference

Interactive Video Conference on Understanding ISO 13485 Certification for Medical Devices

Chandigarh Chapter, PHDCCI is organizing 5th in the MDR-17 Series| Interactive Video Conference on Understanding ISO 13485 Certification for Medical Devices as per the following schedule:

Day & Date: Friday, 15 July 2022
Time: 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Platform: Zoom

Session Highlights

• 7 Basic Quality Management Principles
• Overview of the Certification process and
• Importance of 13485 Certification from Compliance perspective

Key Speakers

• Mr. Mahadevan. J, VP & Business Segment Head – Medical, DQS India- Deutsch Quality Systems (India) Private Limited, Kodihalli, Bengaluru
• Mr. M G Sathyendra, Consultant & Trainer – Global Certifications, Qmart Global, Yeshwantpur, Bengaluru
• Mr. P.K.Minocha, Director, Meril Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd., Chala Gujarat
• Mr. Rajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator, Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AIMED), New Delhi
• Col. Rajiv Bhargava(Retd.), Associate Director, Indian School of Business, Mohali

Please register in advance by clicking the link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtdOyspjsuGNEyI95QZr_wRhoB9giV413X

You may send your questions to rimneet.kaur@phdcci.in prior to the session. The relevant questions will be answered during the programme.

For any query, you may contact:
Ms. Rimneet Kaur, Resident Director, PHD Chamber
Mob:+91 81460 02297 | Email: rimneet.kaur@phdcci.in

Mr. Avneet Singh, Sr. Resident Officer, PHD Chamber
Mob:+91 8283848012 | Email: avneet.singh@phdcci.in

MDR 17 – An Interactive Session with Regulators

Industry, Startups & Innovators Support Session with Regulators on Licensing Requirements for Medical Device Manufacturers, Startups & Innovators in Tamilnadu – MDR 17

Session Topic : Ease Of Doing Business – Industry & Startups Support Session on Licensing Requirements – MDR 17

Date : 23rd July 2022 Saturday
Time : 3 pm – 5 pm
Meeting : Online Meeting

Program Objective:
Medical Device Industry in India is brought under full regulatory purview and industry has to show compliance to the Regulatory announcements made to this effect, from time to time.

Operators dealing with Risk Category Class A and B devices come under the purview of State Licensing Authorities and those dealing with Risk Category Class C & D devices come under the purview of Central Licensing Authority.

Medical Device Manufacturers, Innovators, Startups of Tamilnadu have requested for interactive sessions with Central and State Licensing Authorities and other stakeholders like BIS etc to guide them to implement the regulatory requirements better.

AIMED which is the voice for Indian Medical Device Manufacturers in the country and NHHID – Anna University , a National Hub for Healthcare Instrumentation Development, and Bureau of Indian Standards have collectively agreed to organize periodical sessions for the benefit of the industry and startups, innovators of Tamilnadu.

Target Audience

Medical Device Manufacturers, Innovators, Startups in Medical Device, MedTech space, Academia, Technology Business Incubators, Innovation Hubs, Medical Device Testing Laboratories, Healthcare services organisations – Hospitals, Diagnostics Centers , and other healthcare businesses, stakeholders to Conformity Assessment, Government organizations etc from Tamilnadu

Program Details:

Session would be conducted as Online Meeting, an interactive engagement with Manufacturers, Innovators, Startups .

There is NO REGISTRATION FEE. However , prior registration is a must.

For Enquiries about the Program :
Ms Rama Venugopal, Jt Coordinator,
AIMED – South India
jt.coordinator.south@aimedindia.com

Hub Co-ordinator
NHHID Hub, Anna University, Chennai
au.nhhid@gmail.com
For more details about the NHHID, Anna University , pls visit – https://www.nhhid.org

WAD 2022 Event Update from CCC

World Accreditation Day Conference – Post Event Update

World Accreditation Day Conference 2022 – Post Event Update

WAD 2022 Conference jointly organised by International Accreditation Services (IAS), USA; Bureau of Indian Standards and Consultants Consortium of Chennai ended on June 10th 2022 with a positive a note.

Two days conference held on June 9th and 10th had eminent speakers from India and abroad , from various sectors , sharing rich insights about Standards, Certifications, Accreditations, Inspections & Regulations related to Sustainability and Environment across the globe.

Two days of intense learning sessions came to an end on June 10th.

Conference had 324 delegates registering for multiple sessions across two days and the feedback received from them is very encouraging.

The conference is supported by many Trade and Industry Platforms as listed below :

Sharing few pictures of the event for reference :

Session Videos are shared here for industry and stakeholders benefit. Please check the links below

INAUGURAL SESSION :
Theme – Sustainability in Economic Growth and the Environment

TECHNICAL SESSION 1:
Theme – Sustainable Standards for a Safer World

TECHNICAL SESSION 2 :
Theme – ESG Rating for Sustainability Initiatives

TECHNICAL SESSION 3 :
Theme – Sustainability Initiatives in Food Sector

TECHNICAL SESSION 4 :
Theme – Sustainable Healthcare Initiatives

TECHNICAL SESSION 5 :
Theme – Incorporating Sustainability in Educational Institutions

PPE Guidelines

TECHNICAL BENCH MARKING GUIDE ON COVID-19-RELATED PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT – Technical Regulations and Standards for PPE in select markets

Covid 10 pandemic has disrupted the global supply chain for PPEs (intended for medical use). Pandemic led confusion has created chaos and supplies became border less to tide over the crisis period requirements. Emergency Use Authorizations were the order of the day in many countries to ensure seamless supply of Medical PPEs across the globe.

This was also the time when markets have realised that there was not much clarity on Technical Standards, Regulations in use across the globe. This void due to lack of knowledge, single guideline document has led to more confusion and chaos to the supply chain. Covid 19 is still not over and markets continue to experience waves after waves with rise of new variants and masking up remains a constant requirement.

In support of the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Global Health Platform, IFC launched a Global Advisory Program on PPE in 2020, with funding and support from the UK government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The program’s main objective is to support the diversification of global supply chains for PPE and to work with manufacturers and governments in developing countries to increase the manufacturing and supply of quality PPE in those countries. One critical knowledge gap was a guide that compares technical regulations and standards for PPE across countries.

This technical bench marking guide forms a key part of IFC’s Global Advisory Program and provides manufacturers and purchasers with a tool to navigate through the technical regulations, product specifications and conformity assessment requirements associated with selected markets around the world.

The guide focuses on medical PPE, excluding protective equipment and professional workwear to protect workers in other industries, outside health care.

Overall, the guide seeks to simplify comparisons between the various COVID-19-related PPE categories and markets by using a system of color coding to highlight similarities and differences.

For those who need more detail, it also takes a deeper dive into the technical regulations, product standards, and testing criteria for each PPE/market combination.

Document can be downloaded from the following link :

Source – https://www.bsigroup.com/globalassets/documents/ppe/ppe-web-page/technical-benchmarking-guide-for-medical-ppe.pdf