“STC tested” Mark Certification for First Batch of 16 Face Mask Manufacturers to Gain Confidence of Consumers

STC (Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre) recently awarded “STC tested” Mark Certificates to 16 face mask manufacturers. This certification serves to confirm these face masks are in compliance with specific standards, deserving of the confidence of consumers when they purchase such face masks to protect their safety and health during the current epidemic.

The 16 “STC tested” Mark Certification manufacturers are: Ai Care Medical Technology Limited, Art Beauty Group Company Limited, Asia Pacific Industrial Safety Equipment, DongguanShingshunElectronics Plastic Company Limited,GuangdongWeisdinScience and Technology Co Ltd, GuangdongKaidiGarments Company Limited, Guangzhou Jiani Medical Technology Company Limited, Health and Beauty Medical Supplier Company Limited, Medipark Pty Ltd, Oneness Development Limited, Oxyair Mask HK, Pure Living Inc Limited, Shan Ho Asia Pacific Limited, Shang Manufacturing Limited, Top Leader Group International Limited, and Wing Ming Co(O/B Allways Health-Care Corporation Limited).

Face masks produced by the above 16 face mask manufacturers have been rigorously tested by STC according to the US ASTM F2100-19, EU EN14683:2019 and China GB 15979:2002, including the following testing items: Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE)%, Particulate Filtration Efficiency (PFE)% at 0.1µm, Differential Pressure (Delta P) (mmH₂O/cm² or Pa/cm²), Resistance of Penetration by Synthetic Blood (mmHg), Flammability to Class 1 or Microbial Cleanliness and Total Bacterial Count, Coliforms, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Hemolytic Streptococci, and Total Fungal Count.

In the face of the global coronavirus epidemic, face masks have become an indispensable protective device in people's daily life. At present, there is a wide variety of masks on sale in the market of varying quality. The Hong Kong Customs has recently identified several makes of surgical masks exceeding the maximum permitted bacterial count limit. It is not easy for consumers to verify the accuracy of the labelled information, making it difficult for them to make a purchase decision. The “STC tested” Mark label on the packaging of certified face masks will assist the general public in picking the qualified brands, and is certain to boost their confidence when making a choice.

The “STC tested” Mark is a product quality certification scheme established in 2003 and managed by STC with the aim of helping consumers make the best shopping choice. Products certified under the Scheme have been rigorously tested by STC to verify their compliance with relevant local and international standards.

2019 Product Safety Carnival cum Certificate Award Ceremony

STC Chairman Tom Tang and Commissioner of Innovation and Technology Annie Choi Join Celebrity Guest Sammy Leung to Promote Product Safety

STC (Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre), the first not-for-profit testing, inspection and certification organization established in Hong Kong, held the latest annual Product Safety Carnival cum Certificate Award Ceremony today at Domain Mall in Yau Tong. This year’s Ceremony was officiated by Commissioner of Innovation and Technology, Annie Choi, who delivered a speech to encourage the notable enterprises receiving the Hong Kong Safety Mark, "STC tested" Mark, Hong Kong ECO Mark, and Hong Kong Excellent Service Mark certificates.

Chairman of STC, Tom Tang, JP, announced the appointment of popular entertainer Sammy Leung as this year's Product Safety Ambassador. In addition to sharing tips of being a smart consumer, Leung effortlessly brought cheers to the guests and audiences with his captivating performance of a couple of classic numbers.

Aside from awarding certificates, the Ceremony was the highlight of a 3-day event that brought businesses and consumers together with sales booths offering certified products. In a bid to make product safety education more enjoyable, the event also featured a free 3D photo booth offering a variety of funny props, in addition to a game booth manned by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD).

With a history of more than 50 years, STC, as a not-for-profit, independent testing and inspection organization, spares no effort in promotingthe importance of product safety to different levels of the community and enhancing the development of the testing and inspection industry. Over the years, STC has been upholding the safety standards of food and household products by launching various product certification programmes in line with the latest safety standards such as Hong Kong Safety Mark and “STC tested” Mark. STC has expanded its certification servicesby launching the Hong Kong Excellent Service Certificate Mark,which helps citizens to identify customer-friendly merchants; STC’s Hong Kong ECO Mark and Made in Hong Kong Certification Scheme also aim at protecting consumer rights in multiple areas.

Tang stressed that STC has successfully extended its certification schemes to other regions, allowing companies offering exceptional products in other places to be recognized by our rigorous and careful testing.

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