The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) is continuing with its PPE Testing Webinar Series. The third webinar will be held on July 9, 2020, focusing on an overview of surgical mask and respirator requirements. The webinar is offered at no cost to individual and corporate members and at a 70 per cent discount ($45) for non-members.

The presentation will provide an overview of surgical masks and respirator industry standard, methods, and regulations. Also discussed will be the US Food and Drug Administration’s actions to help alleviate the shortage medical PPE through COVID-19 Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA’s) and Enforcement Policies. The interim policies specifically relating to surgical masks and respirators will be highlighted, according to a press release by AATCC. The presenter for the webinar is Matthew McGarrity with SGS North America. McGarrity joined the Hardlines group in CRS at SGS in 2010. He specialises in regulatory, industry requirements, and quality testing. McGarrity’s focus is on medical PPE, environmental exposure, and accelerated aging. As a senior technical manager of Hardlines, McGarrity designs and manages NBE (National Brand Equivalency) and benchmark testing programmes.