Our lead procurement expert is European and has worked with Chinese factories for over 40 years. He has extensive experience in purchasing, ordering and conducting quality control on Chinese goods for large corporates. He imported $150m of medical equipment into Europe for use in hospitals, retail and at large corporations in April 2020 alone.
We have appointed an international law firm with offices in the UK, mainland Europe and China, to assist in our due diligence. Our lawyers have helped us to scrutinise the manufacturers’ declarations that their products conform with the relevant European standards or Chinese standards, which are acceptable in the EU during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
We only work with manufacturers that arrange for testing by accredited independent labs to ensure that they meet the required standards. Copies of these test reports are made available. Our FFP2s and 3 ply disposable medical masks are sent off to international testing bodies such as TUV and Dekra for additional testing.
Chinese law tightened in early April 2020. It now restricts the export of medical equipment from factories that are on a publically accredited China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) list. Products must be tested and verified by laboratories on another CNAS official list. These two lists are public and verifiable at all times. We could in no case export materials from factories that do not meet these standards.
Our medical masks and respirator masks can only be imported into a country if they meet the standards of that country. For EU countries this is standardized for medical masks by the Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC and for respirators by PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425.
IN MARCH 2020, DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC, AND THE U.K. ON LOCKDOWN, MY BIGGEST STRUGGLE WAS SOURCING PPE FOR A LOCAL CARE HOME
ShieldWear was built out of my frustration in search of ethically sourced and tested PPE. With each search result displaying unreasonable mark ups or simply out of stock products, I set out to provide Care Homes with a reliable supply of protective equipment.
The work of ShieldWear quickly took on new importance when Corporations needed workers to return to the office and we realised the global demand for PPE equipment is still at unprecedented levels.
Today a team of my former MBA alumnus along with experienced professionals, work together across the UK, France and Switzerland.
What started with a care home, became a movement