19.03.2020 // General news
Information from the SNV Head Office regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus)
On this page, we will provide information on how we are continuing to support you in light of the current situation and the channels that can still be used to contact us.
Our aim is to ensure business continuity. The health of our staff, their families, our customers and service providers are at the centre of this. Given this extraordinary situation, the majority of the SNV employees are working from home.
You can contact us via phone and e-mail.
Meetings will take place subject to prior notice via the web tool Zoom.
Services of the SNV
All of our services, e.g. the SNV online shop, standardization committees and the WTO enquiry point, remain operational.
The SNV Academy is organizing training in the form of online seminars. Participants already registered will receive information on this directly. You can find out about the programmes on offer yourself or on request.
Standards associated with COVID-19
Below you will find a list of standards which contain requirements for aids in connection with COVID-19. These can of course be ordered any time in the SNV online shop. Further down on this page you will find a selection of standards which the SNV is making available free of charge until further notice.
Respiratory protective devices
- SN EN 402:2003 «Respiratory protective devices - Lung governed demand self-contained open-circuit compressed air breathing apparatus with full face mask or mouthpiece assembly for escape »
- SN EN 14476+A1:2020 «Chemical disinfectants and antiseptics - Quantitative suspension test for the evaluation of virucidal activity in the medical area»
- SN EN 17111:2019 «Chemical disinfectants and antiseptics - Quantitative carrier test for the evaluation of virucidal activity for instruments used in the medical area»
- SN EN 12791+A1:2018 «Chemical disinfectants and antiseptics - Surgical hand disinfection»
- SN EN 1500:2013 «Chemical disinfectants and antiseptics - Hygienic handrub»
- SN EN 1499:2013 «Chemical disinfectants and antiseptics - Hygienic handwash»
- SN EN 1276:2020 «Chemical disinfectants and antiseptics – Quantitative suspension test for the evaluation of bactericidal activity of chemical disinfectants and antiseptics used in food, industrial, domestic and institutional areas»
The SNV is to provide a selection of standards for medical equipment free of charge until further notice
In order to tackle the challenges of the coronavirus crisis, the SNV is providing various standards for medical equipment free of charge in coordination with the European Commission until further notice. The aim is to counter the growing shortage of protective masks and gloves as well as other products faced by many European countries. The idea behind providing these standards free of charge is to help companies who want to switch their product range to manufacture the so urgently needed equipment at short notice. The use of standards can help to ensure the safety of medical devices and personal protective equipment and to provide manufacturers with practical support for production. You will find all the free medical equipment standards below:
Respiratory protective devices
- SN EN 149+A1:2009 «Respiratory protective devices - Filtering half masks to protect against particles»
- SN EN 14126:2003 «Protective clothing - Performance requirements and tests methods for protective clothing against infective agents»
- SN EN 14605+A1:2009 «Protective clothing against liquid chemicals»
Non-active medical devices
- SN EN 13795-1:2019 «Surgical clothing and drapes - Requirements and test methods - Part 1: Surgical drapes and gowns»
- SN EN 13795-2:2019 «Surgical clothing and drapes - Requirements and test methods - Part 2: Clean air suits»
- SN EN 455-1:2001 «Medical gloves for single use - Part 1: Requirements and testing for freedom from holes»
- SN EN 455-2:2015 «Medical gloves for single use - Part 2: Requirements and testing for physical properties»
- SN EN 455-3:2015 «Medical gloves for single use - Part 3: Requirements and testing for biological evaluation»
- SN EN 455-4:2009 «Medical gloves for single use - Part 4: Requirements and testing for shelf life determination»
- SN EN 14683+AC:2020 «Medical face masks»
Free ISO standards, viewable free of charge
- ISO 13688:2013 «Protective clothing – General requirements»
Why do standards usually have to be paid for?
Standards are generally paid products. Their users benefit from a range of advantages, including increased efficiency, cost savings, easier market access and a reduced product liability risk. In Switzerland, standardization is a self-regulatory duty of the economy. This ensures that the users of the standards decide which standards are in line with the market conditions. By purchasing standards, users ensure that the SNV can continue, as a non-profit association, to organize efficient and independent private sector standardization services. Get some more information on this page.
Who creates the standards?
Standards are developed by those who will later apply them. To ensure the market accepts these standards, widespread involvement, transparency and consensus are basic principles at the SNV. Anyone can submit an application for standardization. All parties interested in a topic will be given the opportunity to take part and contribute their expertise to the process. Draft standards are made public and debated before being adopted. The experts involved must generally be in agreement on the final content. Standards are reviewed at least every five years to ensure they are in line with the state of the art. Get some more information on this page.
Please get in touch with our staff at the SNV if you have any questions or suggestions.
We wish you all good health and look forward to welcoming you back to Sulzerallee 70 in Winterthur once the situation has eased.
The SNV team