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Standards for the manufacture of masks in Morocco

Manufacturers will have to comply with certain requirements for the manufacture of protective masks. The Ministry of Industry, Trade, Green and Digital Economy has indeed unveiled the standards to be respected for the manufacture of protective masks in non-woven fabric.

The manufacture of these masks “is now subject to the obligation to comply with the technical specifications dictated by the Moroccan standard NM ST 21.5.200. This normative obligation came into force following the publication of decree No. 1060-20 of April 8, 2020 of the Minister of Industry, Trade, Green and Digital Economy who calls on manufacturers and distributors of protective masks in non-woven fabric for non-medical use to comply with the technical characteristics defined by the normative document relating to it, developed jointly by the various stakeholders”, underlines the department.

Thus, according to the new regulations, these masks must in particular be made from virgin Polypropylene and composed of three filterable layers superimposed in non-woven fabric ensuring the coverage of the nose, mouth and chin of the user. It is required, inter alia, that the parts of the mask liable to come into contact with the wearer’s skin are free from sharp edges and burrs and not to present known risks of irritation or undesirable effects for The fabric of manufacture must be free of heavy metals, ensuring breathability and avoiding any irritation or allergy to the user.

This decree is subject to a mandatory framework for manufacturers and distributors of protective masks subsidized by the Special Pandemic Management Fund for Covid-19 and whose sale price to the public is set at 80 cents per unit. “It constitutes a basis guaranteeing the traceability of the product and allowing the Ministry to carry out regular checks with a view to ensuring that the masks comply with regulatory requirements”. Thus, any non-compliance is sanctioned by a report and a legal action against the offenders. The objective is to provide citizens with masks that comply with security standards to limit the transmission of the virus as much as possible.

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