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Welspun 1st Indian firm to receive US FDA clearance for surgical mask

07 Sep '21
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Welspun India Limited, the global leader in home textiles, has become the first Indian company to receive the quality approval from US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510 (k) for its 3 ply surgical masks. Certified by BIS and CE already, it has all the required certifications to supply to global markets including critical medical uses.

Welspun’s 3 ply surgical masks are made with 100 per cent polypropylene and offer 98 per cent protection against bacterial load. This is one of the tedious premarket submissions made to FDA to demonstrate that the medical device to be marketed is as safe and effective, the company said in a media release.

Simultaneously, the WN-95 FFP 2 respiratory masks have been CE certified, enabling exports to global markets including Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa amongst others. The WN-95 FFP 2 respiratory masks offer optimal viral barrier performance and have previously received IS 9473 accreditation along with the ISI symbol.

The two clearances were received following due diligence including rigorous testing of both products by the accredited test laboratories and review by respective regulatory authorities. While CE marking implies conformity of the goods with European standards of health, safety, and environmental protection, the US FDA 510K clearance reflects that a particular product is both safe and effective for its intended use.

Dipali Goenka, Jt. MD & CEO of Welspun India Ltd, commented, “Welspun has always pioneered innovation and aimed to set global benchmarks for excellence. I am delighted that Welspun India is the first Indian company to receive US FDA 510(k) clearance for its 3 ply surgical masks. This is a remarkable validation of our philosophy of keeping ‘people ahead of everything’ and we will channelise the momentum to further take the quality of healthcare products a notch higher at the global stage.”

Following the latest clearances, both masks can be supplied in the international market. Welspun had earlier also gained CE certification for a half face respirator with valve for increased COVID-19 protection, which was also tested and verified by an international agency. Welspun Health manufacturing facility is certified as per stringent quality management system for medical devices ISO: 13485 by British Standards Institution.

The US PPE Market (including Medical PPE) is expected to grow to $24.3 billion by 2024, with the respiratory protection products i.e. face masks being the fastest growing products. Welspun India, one of the few manufacturers of masks with international certifications, is poised to be a part of the global PPE supply chain.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (KD)

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