SBS Forum on Personal Protective Equipment 2019

August 23, 2019




Over the past two years, SME Safety, in cooperation with the German Textile Cleaning Association (DTV) and Small Business Standards (SBS), has been involved in European standardisation work in the field of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and surgical textiles.

Building on last year’s very successful forum on PPE and textile care standardisation, the joint initiative is proud to host the 2019 Forum on Circular Economy Models in Personal Protective Equipment on October 24 in SME Safety’s Brussels headquarters. 




“Closing the loop” -- Promoting circular economy models

In the joint workshop, we are excited to swiss replica watches report the results achieved by the joint initiative so far and set the stage for future endeavours. The forum also gives us the opportunity to introduce in more detail the circular economy model of textile services: “closing the loop” in the usage, service and logistics of a product. We want to put special emphasis on the inclusion of sustainability criteria in the standardisation process and public procurement practices.


Join us in our efforts to raise awareness about the importance of sustainability in the standards-making process of Personal Protective Equipment! 


Event programme:

08.30-09.00 Welcome coffee and registration

09.00-10.00 Setting the Scene—PPE, Standards, and Circular Economy

• PPE Sector Update
• European Standards in PPE and Sustainability
• Closing the Loop! Integrating Circular Economy into Standards
• How are SMEs benefiting from Circular Economy Models in PPE?

Speakers: Andrea Rechtsteiner (CEN TC 162 WG 12), Andreas Schumacher (DTV)

10.00-10.30 Coffee break

Speakers for the sessions

  • Christoforos Spiliotopoulos, Policy Director at European Environmental Citizen's Organisation for Standardisation (ECOS)
  • Sebastian Lentz, Project coordinator at DIN Environmental Protection Helpdesk, CEN Strategic Advisory Body on Environment (SABE)
  • Mario Gabrielli Cossellu, Policy Officer, Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing Systems, DG GROW
  • Stephanie Jansen, Horizontal Committee of Notified Bodies (HCNB) for PPE

10.30-11.30 SESSION 1: Sustainability in the PPE Industry

11.30-11.45 Mini-break

11.45-12.45 SESSION 2: Discussion about the inclusion of Circular Economy into the standards-making process13.15-1330 Q&A

12.45-13.00 Q&A

13.00-13-15 Closing remarks

13.15-14.15 Informal networking lunch



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