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China tightens quality norms for mask export

To ease the pressure a leading medical exporter China has decided to ensure supervisions and standardizations on immediately needed medical masks to ensure quality. On March 31, the Ministry of Commerce, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) and the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) jointly published the announcement on the orderly export of medical supplies.

As per the announcement, the Ministry of Commerce all non-medical masks must be up to its own or foreign quality standards before being exported. And all exporters should file for a written declaration that their medical products meet import countries’ or regions’ quality standards and safety requirements.

It also said foreign buyers are encouraged to choose the suppliers that are registered at medical products administration departments. The Textile Industry Association in East China’s Jiangsu Province had issued the standard for polypropylene melt-blown nonwovens, a critical material for making face masks, for its members – the first adoption of a standard in China.

On the other side, some investors in Hunan Province said they are worried about the severe shortage of melt-blown nonwovens, which is limiting production capacity. With the shortage of material supply, rising prices, and some substandard products, China has implemented measures, including customs inspection, export qualification check, and facilitating factories’ production.


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