N95 masks makers make beeline for BIS certification

Vijay C Roy

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14

After Ludhiana-based Paayas Incorporation grew to become the primary agency within the area to obtain Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification for its N95 masks, almost a dozen producers have utilized for a similar. There are 15 N95 masks producers within the state.

Due to the Covid pandemic, there’s a enormous demand for N95 masks throughout the nation. Some producers compromise on the standard and that’s why the necessity for BIS certification was felt.

It is obligatory for producers to get BIS licence earlier than supplying masks to authorities departments. There are 11 BIS-certified N95 masks producers throughout the nation. Out of this, 5 are primarily based in Maharashtra and one every in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Recently, Gurugram-based Rosmerta Technologies Ltd additionally bagged the certification and have become the second firm within the area to have BIS certification.

“We received the BIS certification last month. Now, we are eligible for government orders,” stated Ashwani Garg, accomplice, Paayas Corporation. The firm has a producing capability to provide 60,000 to 80,000 masks per day.

Last month, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) suggested all producers and importers of N95 masks to acquire the requisite certification from the BIS.

Another Ludhiana-based agency, Shiva Text Fab is within the means of making use of for the BIS certification. “We have set a lab for testing the product, thus becoming the first in the North to have our own testing facility. Soon, the BIS authorities will visit us,” stated Akhil Malhotra, director of the corporate. It has a capability to fabricate one lakh masks per day.

Currently, producers can get their product examined at any BIS-recognised lab or testing facility out there with different BIS licence-holders, the regulator stated.

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