Support from Governments
“Our expertise when it comes to testing masks is called upon for more than just testing and certifying individual models,” says Jörg-Timm Kilisch. “We also remain in regular communication with the German federal and state governments.” This is for questions concerning the safety of masks, as well as setting up a mask production facility in Germany. The German federal government is aiming to expand manufacturing in Germany further and thus become independent of deliveries from abroad.
Protection Classes of FFP Masks
FFP masks are available in the protection classes FFP1, FFP2, and FFP3, and are subject to a Europe-wide standard (EN149). FFP stands for “Filtering Face Piece.” While FFP1 masks protect against non-toxic dust, FFP2 masks are suited to protection against solid and fluid dusts, smoke, and aerosols that are harmful to health, as well as transmittable infectious agents such as SARS-CoV-2. FFP3 masks offer the highest degree of protection, as they filter out up to 99% of harmful substances and aerosols.