As part of the response to the global COVID-19 health crisis, the National Measurement Institute (NMI) established an accredited testing capabilities against the Australian standard for surgical face masks. They also validate the performance of some medical devices and other PPE.

Why do face masks need to be tested?

Face masks are regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as medical devices when they’re claimed to be:

  • used for the prevention of transmission of disease between people
  • suitable for therapeutic use

The TGA requires medical devices to be registered on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) before being supplied within, imported into or exported from Australia. Accurate testing supports manufacturers seeking to optimise their mask design, and suppliers seeking to provide confidence to their market.

How is NMI testing face masks?

NMI is currently working closely to support Australian manufacturers and testing facilities in the fight against COVID-19. NMI can test your personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure they are reliable, fit-for-purpose, and meet Australian and international standards.

NMI tests for:

  • Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE)
  • Differential Pressure Drop (DP)
  • Synthetic Blood Penetration

 Testing capability factsheets

Learn more about NMI's testing capabilities and how you can get your products locally tested.