Corona Timeline

A blog with COVID-19 information for businesses

You have asked us many questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and measures that have been taken related to product legislation. The answers contain information that is valuable for all businesses. Because at ProductIP we believe in selling products that don’t cause hassle, we share this information with you. We have decided to start a blog to share important information on COVID-19, that may be important for our business.

Information you will find in this blog:

  • The guide (and its updates) will all information you need to know when buying Surgical masks and Respiratory devices;
  • An overview with all measures taken by governments for the most important countries for trade. When there’s new important information available, we will update the document and make the information  available to you as soon as possible;
  • Important news and articles that we come across;
  • Other relevant information.

Kind regards,

ProductIP expert team

P.S. please note that the intent of this blog is for information purposes only. It is not intended as a legal resource. No rights can be derived from this blog. If you are of the opinion that important information should be added to the blog (en thus will help your colleagues in the business), or incorrect information is displayed, please let us know.

Interactive Map and Underlying Content created and maintained by OECD: https://oecd.github.io/OECD-covid-action-map/

Published on: Mon 19 October 2020

Pandemic related product alerts | wk 42

Pandemic related product alerts | wk 42

What do you need to ask when buying or producing face masks? What legislation is applicable to face masks? What are market surveillance authorities…

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Published on: Tue 15 September 2020

Pandemic related product alerts | wk 37

Pandemic related product alerts | wk 37

What do you need to ask when buying or producing face masks? What legislation is applicable to face masks? What are market surveillance authorities…

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Published on: Tue 1 September 2020

Pandemic related product alerts | wk 34

Pandemic related product alerts | wk 34

What do you need to ask when buying or producing face masks? What legislation is applicable to face masks? What are market surveillance authorities…

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Published on: Tue 1 September 2020

Pandemic related product alerts | wk 33

Pandemic related product alerts | wk 33

What do you need to ask when buying or producing face masks? What legislation is applicable to face masks? What are market surveillance authorities…

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Published on: Mon 10 August 2020

Pandemic related product alerts | wk 32

Pandemic related product alerts | wk 32

What do you need to ask when buying or producing face masks? What legislation is applicable to face masks? What are market surveillance authorities…

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Published on: Mon 3 August 2020

Pandemic related product alerts | wk 31

Pandemic related product alerts | wk 31

What do you need to ask when buying or producing face masks? What legislation is applicable to face masks? What are market surveillance authorities…

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Published on: Mon 27 July 2020

EU Safety Gate: UV-C product alerts

EU Safety Gate: UV-C product alerts

Are you planning on, or selling, UV-C related products? Then download our free Guide on UV-C lights. In de guide you will learn the most important…

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Published on: Mon 27 July 2020

Pandemic related product alerts - wk 30

Pandemic related product alerts - wk 30

What do you need to ask when buying or producing face masks? What legislation is applicable to face masks? What are market surveillance authorities…

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Published on: Mon 20 July 2020

EU decision non-approval of active substances in biocides

EU decision non-approval of active substances in biocides

The European Commission has published a new decision (EU) 2020/1036 on the non-approval of certain active substances in biocidal products. Hand…

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Published on: Mon 20 July 2020

Pandemic related product alerts, wk 29

Pandemic related product alerts, wk 29

What do you need to ask when buying or producing face masks? What legislation is applicable to face masks? What are market surveillance authorities…

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Published on: Thu 16 July 2020

New Guide on UV-C online

New Guide on UV-C online

As a result of the Covid-19 (Corona) pandemic new and alternative disinfection methods are being discovered. Among these new methods there is…

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Published on: Mon 13 July 2020

UV-C lighting product alerts | wk 28

UV-C lighting product alerts | wk 28

During the COVID-19 pandemic is it hase become sort of a tradition; the publication of new published product alerts, related to the Covid-19…

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Published on: Mon 13 July 2020

EU Rapex alerts on UV-C products

EU Rapex alerts on UV-C products

During the COVID-19 pandemic is it hase become sort of a tradition; the publication of new published product alerts, related to the Covid-19…

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Published on: Mon 13 July 2020

Pandemic related product alerts, wk 28/2020

Pandemic related product alerts, wk 28/2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic is it hase become sort of a tradition; the publication of new published recalls related to the Covid-19 pandemic.…

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Published on: Wed 24 June 2020

Belgium publishes guide for Community and Artisanal Masks

Belgium publishes guide for Community and Artisanal Masks

NBN has published a guide for community and artisanal mask that are intended to complement protective measures for preventing the spread of diseases…

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Published on: Thu 18 June 2020

CENELEC publishes guide for face coverings

CENELEC publishes guide for face coverings

CENELEC has published a guide to minimum requirements for community face coverings, intended for use by people not displaying any clinical symptoms…

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Published on: Tue 16 June 2020

NEN publishes guidelines reprocessing during COVID-19

NEN publishes guidelines reprocessing during COVID-19

The Dutch standardisation organisation NEN, has published today a so called 'NEN-spec', or 'guidelines'. In the guidelines the NEN publishes…

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Published on: Mon 15 June 2020

Free movement in the EU, re-open op travel

Free movement in the EU, re-open op travel

Today, the European Commission has launched a website called 're-open EU', that contains essential information allowing a safe relaunch of free…

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Published on: Mon 15 June 2020

Pandemic related recalls, wk 24/2020

Pandemic related recalls, wk 24/2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic is it hase become sort of a tradition; the publication of new published recalls related to the Covid-19 pandemic.…

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Published on: Thu 11 June 2020

Belgium withdraws proposed ban on UV-C lamps

Belgium withdraws proposed ban on UV-C lamps

We have learned from our sources within the Belgian government that Belgium has withdrawn its draft Royal Decree planning banning the placing…

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Guidance on medical devices in Covid-19 context

Guidance on medical devices in Covid-19 context

The European Commission has published a guidance Q&A on medical devices, active implantable medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices…

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Published on: Tue 9 June 2020

Overview of national Covid-19 measures (update 09-06-2020)

Overview of national Covid-19 measures (update 09-06-2020)

You will find the updated version (version 09-06-2020) of our overview of national COVID-10 measures attached (.xlsx file opens in new window).…

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Published on: Mon 8 June 2020

Pandemic related recalls, wk 23/2020

Pandemic related recalls, wk 23/2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic is it hase become sort of a tradition; the publication of new published face mask recalls. The European Commission…

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Published on: Thu 4 June 2020

Sweden notified draft law on alcoholic preparations

Sweden notified draft law on alcoholic preparations

The Swedish government has published a draft legislative act with the European Commission (EC) on denaturing ethanol in desinfectants. 

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Published on: Tue 2 June 2020

No enforcement on Energy-labelling? New EC Notice

No enforcement on Energy-labelling? New EC Notice

To what products does the notice apply? The European Commission (EC) has today published a commission notice on the application of energy labelling…

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Published on: Tue 2 June 2020

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [updated 02-06-'20]

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [updated 02-06-'20]

You will find the updated version (version 02-06-2020) of our overview of national COVID-10 measures attached (.xlsx file opens in new window).…

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Published on: Mon 1 June 2020

Pandemic related recalls, week 22/2020

Pandemic related recalls, week 22/2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic is it hase become sort of a tradition; the publication of new published face mask recalls. The European Commission…

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Published on: Thu 28 May 2020

Medical face masks in NL public transport not forbidden

Medical face masks in NL public transport not forbidden

This article is only relevant for the dutch market and relates to the question whether or not medical face masks are permitted in public transport. 

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Published on: Wed 27 May 2020

Dutch gov. lowers VAT for face masks to 0%

Dutch gov. lowers VAT for face masks to 0%

The Dutch government has lowered the VAT rate to zero for 'face masks' as of 25 May 2020, until 1 september 2020. VAT will no longer be charged…

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Published on: Wed 27 May 2020

How to buy compliant Covid-19 self tests?

How to buy compliant Covid-19 self tests?

A guide on supplying the market with Covid-19 self testing kits. Consumers want to know if they have been invected with Covid-19 (coronavirus)…

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Published on: Wed 27 May 2020

What is TRIS and urgency procedure in draft legislation?

What is TRIS and urgency procedure in draft legislation?

Recently we have posted several blog posts regarding draft (proposed) legislation, published through TRIS. We have received several questions…

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Published on: Tue 26 May 2020

France published draft law for COVID-19 serological tests

France published draft law for COVID-19 serological tests

The French government has published a draft legislative text for 'in vitro diagnostic medical devices detecting atibodies against SARS-CoV-2…

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Published on: Mon 25 May 2020

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [updated 25-5-'20]

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [updated 25-5-'20]

You will find the updated version (version 25-5-2020) of our overview of national COVID-10 measures attached (.xlsx file opens in new window).…

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Published on: Fri 22 May 2020

Face mask recalls, week 21/2020

Face mask recalls, week 21/2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic is it hase become sort of a tradition; the publication of new published face mask recalls. The European Commission…

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Published on: Wed 20 May 2020

Updated 'How to comply with French sanitisers [...]'

Updated 'How to comply with French sanitisers [...]'

We have received a lot of questions regarding a French decree that would circumvent the Biocides Regulation during the COVID-19-crisis. In this…

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Published on: Wed 20 May 2020

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [updated 20-5-'20]

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [updated 20-5-'20]

You will find the updated version of our overview of national COVID-10 measures attached (.xlsx file opens in new window). In overall we see…

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Published on: Tue 19 May 2020

NEN publishes guidance for face masks

NEN publishes guidance for face masks

The Dutch normalisation organisation NEN published today a document (NEN-spec) with recommendations on non medical face (barrier) masks. 

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Published on: Tue 19 May 2020

Belgium proposes to ban UV-C lamps in non-hospital setting

Belgium proposes to ban UV-C lamps in non-hospital setting

The Belgian government is planning a ban placing on the market and use of UV-C lamps for disinfection purposes in non-hospital settings in the…

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Published on: Mon 18 May 2020

ProductIP in newspaper on face masks & false certificates

ProductIP in newspaper on face masks & false certificates

The market for medical face masks is flooded by opportunistic traders and false certificates. Thirty to forty percent of research agencies that…

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Published on: Mon 18 May 2020

Update on article 'Belgian law prohibits free sale [...]'

Update on article 'Belgian law prohibits free sale [...]'

National governments are taking national measures that limit the free movement of certain medical goods. In this article the imposed restrictions…

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Published on: Mon 18 May 2020

Face mask recalls, week 20/2020

Face mask recalls, week 20/2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic is it hase become sort of a tradition; the publication of new published face mask recalls. The European Commission…

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Published on: Thu 14 May 2020

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [updated 14-05-'20]

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [updated 14-05-'20]

You will find the updated version of our overview of national COVID-10 measures attached (.xlx file opens in new window). In overall we see a…

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Published on: Thu 14 May 2020

How to comply with French sanitisers COVID-19-law?

How to comply with French sanitisers COVID-19-law?

We have received a lot of questions regarding a French decree that would circumvent the Biocides Regulation during the COVID-19-crisis. In this…

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Published on: Wed 13 May 2020

Import and distribution of masks

Import and distribution of masks

On 8 May 2020 Caspar ter Horst from ProductIP and the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KVK) have written an extensive article (link) on the import…

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Published on: Mon 11 May 2020

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [updated 11-05-'20]

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [updated 11-05-'20]

You will find the updated version of our overview of national COVID-10 measures attached. In overall we see a continuation of the relief of national…

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Published on: Mon 11 May 2020

Where can I certify masks in China?

Where can I certify masks in China?

Tests of masks are performed by laboratories. Also in China there are laboratories certified to perform testing under EN 149 and EN 14683.  

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Published on: Fri 8 May 2020

Face mask recalls, week 19/2020

Face mask recalls, week 19/2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic is it now becoming sort of a tradition; the publication of new published face mask recalls. The European Commission…

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Published on: Fri 8 May 2020

Where can I certify masks in EU? New company Netherlands

Where can I certify masks in EU? New company Netherlands

Tests of masks are performed by laboratories. The European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) has recently published a list of accredited laboratories…

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Published on: Fri 8 May 2020

Can non-compliant masks be sold as barrier mask?

Can non-compliant masks be sold as barrier mask?

Can non-compliant surgical masks or respiratory filter masks be sold as barrier masks?

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Published on: Thu 7 May 2020

Only 13% of hand disinfectants tested meet requirements

Only 13% of hand disinfectants tested meet requirements

Only 13% of hand disinfectants tested meet legal requirements. This is the result of research performed by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product…

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Published on: Wed 6 May 2020

ProductIP publishes guidance for handgels

ProductIP publishes guidance for handgels

Surely hand gel cannot be a complex product? In fact, it is a very complex product. It could be a biocidal product, it could be cosmetics. it…

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Published on: Wed 6 May 2020

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [updated 06-05-'20]

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [updated 06-05-'20]

We see that many countries are at a crossroads to determine the best exit strategy after the COVID-19-pandemic. Below an overview of measures…

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Published on: Wed 6 May 2020

Dutch company exports unreliable Corona tests

Dutch company exports unreliable Corona tests

The Dutch biotechnology company Inzek, sold corona tests from China with a high risk of a false result. Approximately 1.5 million tests were…

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Published on: Mon 4 May 2020

Proposals for a Digital Services Act in light of COVID-19

Proposals for a Digital Services Act in light of COVID-19

The first proposals for new legislation on digital services, as published in the European Commission's Work Programme 2020, are to be discussed…

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Published on: Mon 4 May 2020

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [updated 04-05-'20]

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [updated 04-05-'20]

Below an overview of measures in several EU countries. The overview document (a summary of the most important information related to businesses)…

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Published on: Fri 1 May 2020

New published face mask recalls

New published face mask recalls

The European Commission (EC) has published this week two more recalls for face masks (officialy designated as 'surgical mask' or 'respitory mask').…

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Published on: Wed 29 April 2020

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [updated 29-4-'20]

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [updated 29-4-'20]

In the attachment you will find the updated version of our COVID-19 measure overview.  This overview is a summary of the most important…

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Published on: Tue 28 April 2020

Belgian law prohibits free sale of masks (COVID-19 law)

Belgian law prohibits free sale of masks (COVID-19 law)

National governments are taking national measures that limit the free movement of certain medical goods. In this article the imposed restrictions…

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Published on: Tue 28 April 2020

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [updated 28-4-'20]

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [updated 28-4-'20]

In the attachment you will find the updated version of our COVID-19 measure overview.  This overview is a summary of the most important…

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Published on: Tue 28 April 2020

Guidance COVID-19: Back to the workplace

The European Commission has published a guidance document on adapting workplaces and protecting workers for when the physical distancing measures…

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Published on: Sat 25 April 2020

Are you exporting PPE outside the EU?

As of 26 April Regulation (2020/568) regarding exporting Personal Protective Equipment to outside the EU applies. The regulation will be in force for…

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Published on: Fri 24 April 2020

Are you importing or manufacturing particle face masks?

The first published recalls of facemaks in 2020 are a fact! Consider if you are making these mistakes, because your product may be at risk. Last…

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Published on: Fri 24 April 2020

AFNOR standard for barrier masks (also DIY-masks)

AFNOR standard for barrier masks (also DIY-masks)

The French standardisation organisation AFNOR Groupe (AFNOR) has published a document with requirements for barrier basks (AFNOR-SPEC-S76 version…

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Published on: Fri 24 April 2020

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [version 23-4-'20]

Overview of national COVID-19 measures [version 23-4-'20]

In the attachment you will find the updated version of our COVID-19 measure overview. 

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Published on: Tue 21 April 2020

Guidance on surgical mask and repository devices (updated)

So much confusion. So many failed attempts to bring products to the market. So many questions left unanswered. Therefore we had to create a clear…

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Published on: Sat 18 April 2020

Entry into force Medical Device Regulation postponed

Entry into force Medical Device Regulation postponed

The entry into force date of the Medical Device Regulation (EU) 2017/745 is to be postponed by one year. The European Parliament (EP) has adopted…

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