EN166:2001 Category III certified
Tecman Advanced Healthcare Products achieves highest possible CE certification for its British-made face shield
Tecman, is proud to announce that our pioneering disposable face shield is EN166:2001 Category III certified.
This achievement underlines our vision to become a global leader in the development of vital face and eye protection for UK workers.
Having worked around the clock at the start of lockdown, our team developed the CE-marked face shield for high volume manufacture in record time. Since then, we have produced over 3 million face shields that have provided vital protection and comfort for UK healthcare staff.
Tecman’s Managing Director, Kevin Porter, commented: “Developing and manufacturing effective products to support frontline workers has already enabled us to protect tens of thousands of healthcare workers. Achieving certification is the next step on the road to becoming a world leader in the manufacture of face and eye protection.”
What is EN166:2001 category III complex design PPE level?
The 89/686/EEC PPE Directive is important legislation when it comes to ensuring occupational safety throughout Europe.
The European Standards (EN) outline consistent requirements to ensure products meet enhanced performance and safety needs.
In order to achieve EN166:2001 Category III certification, Tecman’s face shield was independently type tested by SATRA Technology to prove that it meets the requirements of the standard.
Samples of the protective visor will be submitted for regular testing, and the face shield will be manufactured under an assessed quality management system to ensure ongoing production meets the type-tested sample.
Prioritising healthcare workers’ comfort
As our range of face and eye protection products goes from strength to strength, we have put comfort at the top of our agenda, having established focus groups to consult healthcare workers on their comfort needs and concerns, and the resulting feedback is being incorporated into the product development process.
This latest development follows our recent expansion into a second production facility – creating over 30 new jobs in the West Midlands – in addition to a large investment in automation to streamline production and boost manufacturing capacity to over 1 million protective face shields each week.
Thanks to support from our UK-based healthcare supply partners, the disposable visors – which are the first to be category III-rated by SATRA – are made using exclusively British materials at Tecman’s Leamington Spa facility.
Kevin Porter, comments: “Britain has long been a great manufacturing nation, and we’re proud to continue the tradition. Our flagship CE certified face shield is the first in a new line of British-made face and eye protection products that prioritise the comfort and safety needs of healthcare workers."
Tecman Advanced Healthcare Products is a leading UK manufacturer of face and eye protection. Founded in 2020, the company is part of the Tecman UK group, which has over 25 years’ experience of providing components and services to the healthcare, medical and life science sector.
Innovation is at the heart of Tecman’s approach. The company’s knowledge, skills and expertise in customer-centric product design have led to a new generation of face and eye protection that incorporates feedback from healthcare workers to address comfort and safety needs.