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SGS now offers ASTM F1980 as part of its ISO/IEC 17025 testing scope for accelerated aging of PPE.

Face Mask Testing in a Laboratory

SGS’s IBR Laboratories is pleased to announce expansion of their ISO/IEC 17025 certification to include ASTM F1980. This is the standard test method for evaluating the accelerated aging of masks, respirators, gowns, and gloves.

Aging and shelf-life studies are critical for ensuring optimum environmental conditions and storage methods. As medical face protection continues to be essential for the health and safety of all workers, this addition to our certification scope helps to protect stockpiles.

What is ASTM F1980

ASTM F1980 is a test method that allows for rapidly determining the effects of long-term storage on the key performance criteria of the product. The information obtained from conducting this test may be used to support the shelf life.

Accreditation to conduct ASTM F1980 testing by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) follows a focused development process at SGS’s testing facility in Grass Lake, Michigan.

Medical Face Mask Testing Capabilities

With over 35 years of industry experience, SGS’s IBR Laboratories is globally recognized for its innovative, independent, state-of-the-art filter testing and particle counting services. The lab is a one-stop solution for PPE testing including medical face masks, respirators, and general facial barrier coverings. Expertise includes bacterial filtration efficiency, differential pressure, sub-micron particulate filtration efficiency, flammability and resistance to penetration by synthetic blood.

When it comes to accessing the US market for face masks and respirators, SGS is the first choice for comprehensive, efficient and cost-effective testing solutions.

For further information contact:

Meagan Robinson
SGS IBR
t: +1 517 522 8453

About SGS 

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 93,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.