VOLUNTEERS making free PPE for keyworkers have been forced to stop their mass production due to new government legislation.

Hack the Pandemic (HTP) members were using 3D printers to make PPE for NHS and other frontline staff, but now new

government rules have stopped them, as they must now obtain a CE certification in PPE to continue.

However, after contacting Trading Standards, HTP may be able to continue production.

Josh Forwood, a volunteer at HTP, said: “We have received permission from Trading Standards to distribute our old design of our face covers to non-healthcare professionals. This is fantastic news as we currently have approximately 2,000 of these units. Upon approval of our new disclaimer for the old designs, we will begin accepting orders from non-healthcare professionals for our face covers.

“The term healthcare professional was strictly used in the new regulations, this means anyone working in a medical environment is unable to use our shields.

“The government department for CE certification is now working with us to design a new standardised face shield band. They will certify it themselves, meaning we will not have to pay £5,000. Once certified, this design will also be made available for anyone to use so that other groups like HTP around the country will be able to start producing face shields again.”

The group, from all over Bristol and Bath, have been mass producing various piece of equipment including masks and shields after liaising with the NHS on the best protective yet comfortable designs. But they had to halt production after the government announced that any company producing and distributing PPE must hold a valid CE certification.

See gazetteseries.co.uk for updates on this developing story.

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