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Sports mask: Apave carries out performance tests for its market launch

Top News02/25/2021

After several weeks of waiting, the Afnor reference document for the sports mask has just been published. This AFNOR SPEC S70-001 reference document will make it possible to launch production and to market these masks adapted for undertaking indoor sport in complete safety. Currently only a few test laboratories are capable of carrying out performance tests on these new masks. With its know-how and the equipment at its disposal, Apave is positioned as the leading company to carry out these tests.

A reference framework for what purpose?

The AFNOR SPEC S70-001 reference framework defines the various technical requirements of the new mask. A head-adjustment device, filtration efficiency, breathing resistance and the carbon dioxide content of inhaled air are specified to ensure the comfort and safety of users. 

Growing demand: Apave strengthens its technical resources

Many major sports brands have already entered the market. To meet the growing demand expected in the coming months, Apave has therefore invested in new equipment (aerosol generators) that will double its particle filtration testing capacity. These tests cover not only filtration capacity (protection of the environment of the wearer and of the wearer themselves), breathability and ease of use, but also the impact of the number of mask washes in terms of performance. 

Successful experiment of barrier masks

A year ago, AFNOR Certification* chose Apave to carry out the performance and comfort tests for barrier masks (see press release).
Since the start of the health crisis, the teams at the Apave Test Centre have been mobilised to test most masks produced in France (working 3x8-hour shifts at the height of the crisis) and our experts, in close collaboration with the public authorities, are continuing their active participation in managing the health risk. 
To find out more about the standard, download the guide on the website

*AFNOR Certification is the only body accredited by the COFRAC to certify masks for the general public.