The Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) has announced the establishment of the PTRI Medical Textile Testing Center (PMTTC), which is expected to open in April 2022. According to PTRI director Celia Elumba, regulatory authorities such as the Food and Drug Administration can use the PMTTC. The testing expenses will be lower, and the testing period will be cut in half to 2-3 weeks.
Face masks, coveralls, gowns, and drapes will all be tested. Prior to the founding of PMTTC, testing for medical safety requirements had to be transferred to international laboratories, according to Elumba. The PMTTC in Bicutan, Taguig, which was soft-launched last year, aims to improve medical device regulation by conducting pre-market evaluations of materials and products, as well as post-market monitoring operations, according to a news release from PTRI.
The protective gear synthetic blood penetration tester, as well as a hydrostatic pressure tester, are among the equipment in PMTTC. A protective clothing synthetic blood penetration tester is used to assess the resistance of protective garments to penetration by synthetic blood or other bodily fluids at constant pressures. The hydrostatic pressure tester, on the other hand, is used to assess the water penetration resistance of medical PPE by applying different water pressures from beneath the material specimen. A medical PPE keeps infectious bacteria from spreading from one person to another.