Latvia to have lab for protective equipment quality check

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A laboratory will be formed in Latvia that will ensure the quality control of personal protective equipment and an accreditation check, Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) said in a statement December 16.

The new laboratory will be based on the Riga Technical University (RTU) premises. It will also be maintained by the Stradiņš University, the Latvian Biomedical Research and Studies Centre, as well as the Scientific Institute for Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment “BIOR”.

The laboratory will allow also Latvian producers to quickly check their products' compliance with standards and will issue documentation so that individual protective equipment produced in Latvia can be offered in all EU countries.

IZM said that demand for medical masks and personal protective equipment around the world remains huge, the creation of such a laboratory is of great importance. Currently, Latvia, like other EU countries, has been forced to wait for months for the results of the screening of protective equipment from accredited testing laboratories.

The compliance of personal protective equipment with quality standards is an extremely important factor in increasing public safety in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection.

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