Intertek Joins Forces with Sinopharm Tech to Establish and Operate a Centre of Excellence for PPE in Hong Kong
Intertek’s Unmatched Expertise in Delivering Total Quality Assurance Solutions for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Helps Safeguard Quality of Masks in the Region
September 02, 2020
Hong Kong: Intertek, a Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, has entered into a management agreement with Sinopharm Tech Holdings Limited (Sinopharm Tech) to establish an accredited face-mask testing laboratory in Hong Kong, offering independent quality assurance services for masks to meet the growing demand for high-quality Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Under the agreement, Intertek will be responsible for the design, set-up, accreditation, operations management and maintenance of this advanced testing laboratory.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Intertek’s team of PPE experts have been providing mission-critical mask testing and quality assurance solutions to mask manufacturers, suppliers and buyers around the world, while also building the Company’s capabilities and capacity to enable fast and accurate quality checks and faster shipments of medical supplies to combat the coronavirus.
Since February 2020, Sinopharm Tech, a leading manufacturer of PPE in Hong Kong, and its subsidiaries have successively established eight cleanrooms and over 20 mask production lines in mainland China and Hong Kong. The new testing laboratory will be equipped with the capability to test medical face masks against the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F2100 standard and the European Committee for Standardization EN 14683 standard under ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation. The facility will provide comprehensive, end-to-end quality assurance services for the Sinopharm Tech masks production cycle, from the testing of raw materials to finished products, allowing them to supply high-quality and regulation-compliant products to the market. It will also offer independent mask quality-assurance solutions to other players in the market.
Christina Law, President of Global Softlines and Hardlines, Intertek, said: “This is one of several strategic partnerships we have in place globally for assisting local governments and the industry to upgrade the quality of their PPE manufacturing. It is clear that Health, Safety and Wellbeing issues are now the number one concern for the entire world and the case for risk-based Quality Assurance is even greater for everyone. Intertek’s market-leading expertise in providing Total Quality Assurance solutions for PPE products leaves us ideally positioned to play a critical role in delivering the highest-quality health, hygiene and personal safety equipment. We look forward to working with Sinopharm, as well as other face mask manufacturers throughout the region, to deliver a world-class face mask testing laboratory in Hong Kong.”
Chan Ting, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sinopharm Tech Holdings Limited, added: “It is an honour to work closely with Intertek, a world-class quality assurance organisation. I have full confidence that the laboratory, under their expertise, will become recognised for its quality standards globally. This agreement will help us to constantly improve our product quality, and Intertek will be an important partner in helping us expand our market share.”
Intertek operates a number of Total Quality Assurance (TQA) Centres for Masks around the world, including the USA, China, India, Bangladesh and Singapore.
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