On 14th March 2020, in its effort to protect citizens and to coordinate the response to COVID-19, the European Union (EU) Commission adopted the Regulation (EU) 2020/402:
- This regulation requires that exports from the EU of supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) be subject to an export authorisation issued by a Member State.
- PPE covers equipment such as masks, protective spectacles and visors, face shields, mouth-nose protection and protective garments.
- In order to prevent speculative depletion of stocks, these measures will be valid for a six-week period, during which State Members will be consulted on the potential adaptions to the scope of the current measure and possible future steps.
Link to the press release European Commission website: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_469
Link to the Regulation (EU) 2020/402 of 14 March: