Published on: Tue 28 April 2020

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

From our network we have learned of Belgian legislation imposing restrictions on the free sale of certain medical products. At ProductIP we see a lot of local emergency product legislation with short duration dates. Should you have information on local legislation that applies to 'COVID-19-products', please let us know so that we can inform the entire industry. 

As of 23-3-2020, for the duration of 3 months, the retail sale of the following medical devices is only permitted by licensed pharmacies insofar as they are prescribed by a healthcare professional:

  • surgical masks;
  • screening material;
  • disinfection wipes for medical use;
  • respirators and related equipment and accessories:
  • single-use cuffs for blood pressure measurement;
  • self-adhesive ECG electrodes;
  • devices used for bronchoalveolar lavage;
  • single-use inhalation chambers and masks bronchoscopes.

Registered distributors shall only sell the medical devices referred to:

  • other registered distributors in the products concerned;
  • licensed pharmacies;
  • hospitals;
  • authorised healthcare professionals.

As of 23-3-2020, for the duration of 3 months, the retail sale of the following personal protective equipment and biocides is only permitted by licensed pharmacists if prescribed by a health care professional:

  • FFP2 masks;
  • FFP3 masks;
  • hydroalcoholic gels ;
  • permeable or non-permeable protective gels;
  • protective goggles and masks;
  • gloves (nitrile) long sleeve at least 300mm;
  • hand alcohol;
  • hydrogen peroxide 12% and nebulisers (nocospray).

The wholesalers shall only sell the personal protective equipment and biocides referred to in the first paragraph:

  • wholesalers in the products concerned;
  • licensed pharmacies;
  • hospitals;
  • authorised health professionals;
  • companies that need them within the framework of Book 9, Title 2 of the Codex on well-being at work, and in volumes reasonably foreseeable for use within the next month.

 


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