Graphene enhanced facemasks developed by Versarien plc, the Cheltenham headquartered advanced materials engineering group, have been certified as meeting the FFP3 standard, the highest standard under the European EN149 standard for filtering half face masks.
The company’s wholly owned Chinese subsidiary, Beijing Versarien Technology Company Limited, has been working on further developments of the masks.
The testing, to the European EN149 standard, was carried out in China by SGS-CSTC Standards Technical Services Co. Ltd a joint venture founded in 1991 between SGS Group, a world leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, and China Standard Science and Technology Group.
Neill Ricketts, CEO of Versarien, said: “We are delighted that the latest version of our mask has passed the rigorous FFP3 testing process. Whilst we currently have an FFP2 mask on sale that we believe compares very well with other masks available, being able to offer a non-valve FFP3 mask with anti-viral properties is a significant further step and we intend to bring these masks to the market as soon as possible.”