Official resources on COVID-19

Please find below a compilation of official, reliable resources to help you navigate and keep pace with the latest updates on COVID-19. Topics include:

  • Institutions and Agencies;
  • Medicines – including NSAIDs; 
  • Medical devices – including personal protective equipment (PPE) ; 
  • Biocides – including disinfectants;
  • Crossing borders, transport measures and Green Lanes; 
  • Economic response ; 
  • Civil protection and humanitarian aid ; 
  • Scientific publications and updates.


Page last updated: 8 April 2020

Official resources on COVID-19

Medical devices - including personal protective equipment (PPE)

COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION (EU) 2020/403 on conformity assessment and market surveillance procedures within the context of the COVID-19 threat

COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2020/402 on making the exportation of certain products subject to the production of an export authorisation

COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2020/426 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/402 making the exportation of certain products subject to the production of an export authorisation (to include Member States of the European Free Trade Association and the overseas countries and territories listed in Annex II of the Treaty)

Coronavirus: harmonised standards for medical devices to respond to urgent needs

On 25 March 2020, three Commission Implementing Decisions on harmonised standards in support of the current Medical Devices Directives (MDD 93/42/EEC, AIMDD 90/385/EEC and IVMDD 98/79/EC) have been published in the Official Journal of the EU. These new publications are intended to be the final ones before the new Medical Devices Regulations (MDR 2017/745 and IVDMDR 2017/746) become fully applicable. These Decisions are applicable until 26 May 2024, according to the transitional provisions of Article 120(2) of the MDR and Article 110(2) of the IVDR on validity of certificates issued by notified bodies in accordance with the Directives. 

Among the new and revised standards, some of them are especially relevant with respect to the current COVID-19 pandemics: 

  • EN ISO 10993-11:2018 Biological evaluation of medical devices – Part 11: Tests for systemic toxicity (ISO 10993-11:2017)
  • EN ISO 11137-1:2015/A2:2019 Sterilization of health care products – Radiation – Part 1: Requirements for development, validation and routine control of a sterilization process for medical devices (ISO 11137-1:2006, including Amd 1:2013)/Amendment A2:2019
  • EN ISO 13408-2:2018 Aseptic processing of health care products – Part 2: Sterilizing filtration (ISO 13408-2:2018)
  • EN 13795-1:2019 Surgical clothing and drapes – Requirements and test methods – Part 1: Surgical drapes and gowns
  • EN 13795-2:2019 Surgical clothing and drapes – Requirements and test methods – Part 2: Clean air suits
  • EN 14683:2019+AC:2019 Medical face masks – Requirements and test methods
  • EN ISO 15883-4:2018 Washer-disinfectors – Part 4: Requirements and tests for washer-disinfectors employing chemical disinfection for thermolabile endoscopes (ISO 15883-4:2018)
  • EN ISO 25424:2019 Sterilization of health care products – Low temperature steam and formaldehyde – Requirements for development, validation and routine control of a sterilization process for medical devices (ISO 25424:2018)

press release has also been issued.

European Commission – Questions & Answers document on conformity assessment procedures for protective equipment

European Commission – Questions & Answers document on conformity assessment procedures for 3D printing and 3D printed products to be used in a medical context for COVID-19

ECDC – Using face masks in the community – Reducing COVID-19 transmission from potentially asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people through the use of face masks