India has become the second largest manufacturer of personal protective equipment (PPE) body coveralls after China within two months, according to the country’s textiles ministry, which recently said it has been taking several steps to ensure both quality and quantity of PPE coveralls are maintained. Only certified players are allowed to supply body coveralls. In a statement, the ministry said several officials have been posted in the field for onsite facilitation and oversight of quality of material meant for government supplies and for ensuring traceability and ownership of quality by PPE manufacturers.
A unique certification code (UCC) is issued for each cleared prototype sample submitted by the manufacturers of the coveralls. This is required to be embossed on each manufactured coverall along with the name of the manufacturer, date of manufacture and name of the client.
This procedure has been fully implemented in respect of procurement by HLL Lifecare Limited, which is the procurement agency for the government hospitals and healthcare organisations, the statement said.
The manufacturers are also required to submit an affidavit along with their submitted sample, stating several details of manufacturing and also required to declare that they are textile manufacturers and not traders.