While picking up my car at my favorite shop today, the owner (Herr Kast) mentioned he picked up a pallet of 25,000 MNS03 (FFP3) Medical Surgical Masks with Nose Clip, Made in Germany, exceeding N95 specs, and he is looking to sell the lot for €8,000 (plus shipping & handling, if not picked up in Berlin-Wilmersdorf).
As a favor to him (excellent automotive shop!) I am spreading the word a little
Do not contact me about the masks!
HENGST MNS 03 Masks
Made in Germany by Hengst in Münster / Westfalia
Meets Norm EN 14683 Typ II = Euro FFP3 standard (Type II: bacteria filtering effectiveness > 98%.)
- FFP3 (European standard) respirators filter 99% of particles. FFP2 respirators are specified to filter 94% of particles. All respirators need to be fitted to the wearer before use.
- The N99 (American standard) respirator is an alternative to the FFP3 and also filters 99% of particles.
- An N95 respirator is specified to filter 95% of particles and is a close equivalent to the FFP2.
Over the past several years the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), has been working to align the Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) test requirements for medical facemasks (EN 14683) with its counterpart committee requirements in the U.S. (ASTM F2101). The goal was to update the standard and align the pre-conditioning parameters in both Europe and the U.S. so that manufacturers would only need to test their facemasks once to meet both requirements. The good news is that the CEN committee has recently released their latest revision of EN 14683 standard aligning these requirements.
Previously, manufacturers had to conduct tests using two methods for BFE and Differential Pressure to comply with the standards in Europe and the U.S. This was due to the difference in preconditioning requirements as shown in Table 1. Needing to conduct two very similar tests ultimately cost manufacturers both time and money. As a result of the 2014 revision for EN 14683, which aligned preconditioning requirements to the ASTM F2100 standard, manufacturers can now use one, combined BFE and Differential Pressure testing method.