This standards cell assists the sector of "Medical and assistive technologies". 

Woven and non-woven textile products for hygienic, medical, cosmetic and assistive applications are a rapidly growing sub-sector, in which functionalisation (antibacterial, anti-odour, hydrating, slimming effects, barrier properties) is an important added value.

  • medical devices
  • (smart) assistive technologies
  • smart textiles and wearables
  • sports articles
  • cosmetotextiles
  • wellness
  • hygiene
  • protection against infections by viruses and bacteria

  • services (laundry)
  • legislation (Medical and biocide Directives)

Self- and third-party protection with dual-use products

Some products may be intended to be used both as a personal protective equipment and as a medical device. These products are thus serving a double purpose.

Products with a medical purpose in the patient environment are medical devices (MD), but as they may also be designed to provide protection to the user, they can fall into the definition of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Some examples of dual-use products: gloves, facemasks, glasses or goggles, hearing aids.