Rwanda Standards Board
IKIGO CY’IGIHUGU GITSURA UBUZIRANENGE

Announcement- FREE STANDARDS TO SUPPORT THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19


Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) prime mandate is to provide standards based solutions that ensure products and services meet quality requirements to protect human health and safety, consumers, the environment and to solve global and societal challenges.


For that purpose, in a bid to complement the Government efforts related to protective measures set in place to  fight against the spread of COVID-19 virus;  RSB is pleased to share with Manufacturers, Importers, Exporters, Traders, Regulators, Government Ministries, Consumers and the general public in general; National, Regional and International Standards which contribute to combat COVID-19 crisis.

These standards are freely available and can be downloaded from RSB website at www.rsb.gov.rw  or at ISO www.iso.org/covid19. They include national standards on personal hygiene (hand washing and hand sanitizer) and protective equipment, European (EN and AFNOR standards) and international standards developed by International organization for Standardization (ISO), American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) on masks (medical and barriers masks), medical gloves, gowns, lung ventilators, respiratory as well as protective devices and clothing.    

Providing free access to these standards during the Coronavirus outbreak enables companies that produce or import the above products to know applicable standards to speed up manufacturing, access or delivery on the market quality products to quicker help those in need.

Here is the list of standards available for free download:

Raymond Murenzi
Director General


LIST OF STANDARDS WHICH CAN BE DOWNLOADED FOR FREE FROM RSB WEBSITE

1.    RWANDA STANDARDS

Personal Hygiene

    RS EAS 789:2013;Instant hand sanitizers — Specification
    RS 383: 2018, Antiseptics based on chlorhexidine gluconate — Specification
    RS EAS 878: 2017, Antibacterial bathing bar — Specification
    RS EAS 812-1:2015 Liquid hand wash — Specification — Part 1: Synthetic and combined (soap and synthetic) hand wash
    RS EAS 186: 2013, Toilet soap — Specification

Protective equipment
    RS ISO 13688:2013 Protective clothing – General requirements


2.    EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS

2.1    MASKS
    EN 14683:2019 + AC:2019 Medical face masks – Requirements and test method
    EN 149 + A1:2009 Respiratory protective devices – Filtering half masks to protect against particles – Requirements, testing, marking (commonly referred to as ‘FFP masks’)

    ASTM F2100-19 Standard Specification for Performance of Materials Used in Medical Face Masks
    AFNOR SPEC S76-001 Barrier masks—Guide to minimum requirements , methods of testing, making and use

2.2    GLOVES
    ISO 374-5:2016 Protective gloves against dangerous chemicals and micro-organisms – Part 5: Terminology and performance requirements for micro-organisms risks
    ASTM D6319-19 Standard Specification for Nitrile Examination Gloves for Medical Application
    ASTM D3578-19 Standard Specification for Rubber Examination Gloves
    ASTM D5250-19 Standard Specification for Poly(vinyl chloride) Gloves for Medical Application
    ASTM D6977-19 Standard Specification for Polychloroprene Examination Gloves for Medical Application

2.3    PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
    EN 14126:2003 Protective clothing – Performance requirements and tests methods for protective clothing against infective agents
    EN 13795-1:2019 Surgical clothing and drapes – Requirements and test methods – Part 1: Surgical drapes and gowns
    ASTM F2407 - 06(2013) Standard Specification for Surgical Gowns Intended for Use in Healthcare Facilities

2.4    GOGGLES

    EN 166:2003 Personal eye-protection – Specifications

2.5    RESPIRATORS

    ISO 10651-3:1997,Lung ventilators for medical use — Part 3: Particular requirements for emergency and transport ventilators
    ISO 10651-4:2002, Lung ventilators — Part 4: Particular requirements for operator-powered resuscitators
    ISO 10651-5:2006, Lung ventilators for medical use — Particular requirements for basic safety and essential performance — Part 5: Gas-powered emergency resuscitators