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Community Mask



Testing criteria


Instructions for use

Information for manufacturers





The TESTEX label stands for the safety of a tested mask.


The label is intended to create trust and give the general public the opportunity to make a conscious decision in favour of a textile mask which has been tested according to the Swiss Rule (SNR) SNR 30000:2021 - Swiss Association for Standardization (SNV).

A listing of the tested masks, specifications, as well as details regarding sales outlets can be found here.



What protection does the Community Mask offer?

The Community Mask is a tested textile mask that provides protection against infections. It is washable and reusable.


The Community Mask is not an FFP mask or a medical mask. The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) have published a document with FAQ in connection with all three types of face masks. The Community Mask falls into the category “Other Masks”, where the “TESTEX Community Mask” label is also listed as a recommendation. It is designed to be worn by the general population in public spaces. It thus provides the protection according to the Swiss Rule (SNR) 30000:2021, particularly protecting others against infections. The mask is a supplementary protective measure. The general rules of hygiene and conduct of your local health authorities must be followed.



Testing criteria


TESTEX evaluates community masks on their filter function, splash resistance, wear comfort, reusability and additionally, their innocuousness.


The mask is washable and can be reused. Comfort is further assured through good air permeability.

> Air permeability: pressure drop <294 Pa at 0,27 m/s or <60 Pa/cm2 for a testing area of 4,9 cm2 at a volume flow of 8 l/min as given in EN 14683
> Splash resistance: no penetration of liquid
> Particle filtration efficiency: FE ≥ 70% at a particle size of 1 micrometre
> Colour fastness to domestic washing (ISO 105-C06)
> Colour fastness to saliva (DIN 53160-1)
> Dimensional change max. < +/-10% (EN ISO 3759 / 5077 / 6330), ≥ 5 cycles or according to the manufacturer's data
> STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® : free of harmful chemicals and safe for use





The Community Mask is washable and may be used multiple times


> Wash the mask according to the user information provided by the manufacturer before you first wear it
> After that you may wash the mask at least another four times after use
> Dispose of the mask in residual waste





Together with partners, TESTEX has refined a testing procedure that evaluates community masks based on the Swiss Rule (SNR) 30000:2021, the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, and on their convenience and reusability.


STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is one of the world's best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances.

Every component of products labelled as STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® are free from harmful chemicals and safe for human health.

SNV logo

Textile masks with the «TESTEX Community Mask» label have been tested based on the Swiss Rule (SNR) SNR 30000:2021 from the Swiss Association for Standardization (SNV). The products are tested for splash / droplet resistance, particle filtration efficiency and air permeability. More detailed information about the SNR 30000:2021 can be found here.


The Swiss Textiles College (Schweizerische Textilfachschule) established the parameters for comfort and reusability in cooperation with the Swiss COVID-19 Science Task Force and TESTEX, which built the basis for the Swiss Rule (SNR) 30000:2021.



Mask design
The masks must be designed such that the nose, mouth and chin are covered. They should ensure a tight fit at the sides.

(Image: Relevant dimensions for mask production according to ISO/TS 16976-2:2015, source: Publication on www.snv.ch/en)


Instructions for use
The manufacturer/distributor must provide instructions for use with the product. The instruction manual must include clear information about how to wash the mask, based on the criteria for reusability:

– Washing conditions, such as temperature and detergent to be used

– The minimum number of washing cycles, tested by TESTEX, after which the SNR requirements are still met.

Manufacturer’s declaration
On the basis of the test report and the manufacturer’s declaration, the manufacturer, distributor, etc. are obliged to carry out production identically to the test sample. A change in the manufacturing process requires a new test.

The right to use the «TESTEX Community Mask» label is limited to one year and may be extended. TESTEX AG is entitled to carry out checks on compliance with market requirements and to charge the manufacturer for these checks.

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