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BVCPSs Hong Kong PEP facility conforms to European standardsPosted on 14/07/2006

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services (BVCPS) has announced that its facility in Hong Kong has introduced new testing capabilities in order to conform to European standards for personal eye protection (PEP).

The firm's brand new optical laboratory, which cost some $120,000 to build, was constructed in response to requests from European retailers for fully-integrated testing services that can guarantee compliance with requirements laid out in the EN 1836 harmonised European standard for PEP.

Under the EN 1836 harmonised standard a universal method of evaluating the structural characteristics, general safety and optical properties of sunglare filters and sunglasses has been introduced, governing issues such as filter requirements and information provided by the manufacturer.

Conformity with the EN 1836 standard also provides grounds for declaring compliance with the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC, to which sunglasses and sunglare filters are subject as they are classified as personal protection equipment (PPE).

Furthermore, BVCPS's Hong Kong facility is also offering firms the testing services to conform to Directive 94/27/EC regarding nickel release from sunglasses frames. This element can cause sensitisation to the metal in humans and cause allergic reactions.

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