The European Commission (EC) on 15 March 2020 announced it has taken immediate steps to protect the availability of supplies of personal protective equipment, by requiring that exports of such equipment outside of the European Union are subject to an export authorisation by EU Member States.
A release from the EC provides that in issuing Implementation Regulation (EU) No 2020/402, the EC has made the export from the EU of certain personal protective equipment subject to an (export) authorization requirement with effect from 15 March 2020. This concerns, among other things, mouth and nose protectors, protective clothing, gloves, face shields, protective glasses and contact lenses.
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