In March 2020, the European Union imposed a temporary export licensing requirement on certain personal protective equipment for a period of six weeks.



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Official Journal of the European Union, Commission Implementing (EU) 2020/402 of 14 March 2020, making the exportation of certain products subject to the production of an export authorisation, published on 15 March 2020:

Inception date: 15 Mar 2020 | Removal date: 26 Apr 2020
Still in force

Export licensing requirement

On 15 March 2020, the European Commission issued Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/402 of 14 March 2020 imposing a temporary export licensing requirement on certain personal protective equipment. Such goods include protective masks, gloves and garments as well as face shields and protective spectacles or visors.

The Commission noted that: "According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the risk associated with COVID-19 infections for people in the Union is currently considered to be moderate to high, based on the probability of transmission and the impact of the disease. The virus spreads rapidly within the Union, and might have an enormous public health impact with substantial fatal outcomes in high-risk groups and significant economic and societal disruption. In this context, the need for personal protective equipment, as detailed in Annex 1, has already increased significantly. Given its nature and the prevailing circumstances, such type of equipment is an essential product since it is necessary to prevent the further spreading of the disease, and safeguard the health of medical staff treating infected patients."

The export licensing requirement is in force for a period of six weeks.