Webinar: Understanding the Current Regulatory Landscape for PPE

March 17, 2021
2:00 PM EST to 3:00 PM EST | Online


Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


A general update on the current requirements for medical personal protective equipment (PPE) items such as gowns and gloves. Discussed will be the current industry test methods as well as U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) interim requirements for these items. Also discussed will be an in-depth review of the new ASTM specification for barrier face coverings. 

Barrier face coverings are defined as a product worn on the face — specifically covering at least the wearer’s nose and mouth — with the primary purpose of providing source control and to provide a degree of particulate filtration to reduce the amount of inhaled particulate matter.

The specification is applicable to textile/non-textile single use and reusable barrier face coverings, and intends to establish design, performance (testing), labeling, user instruction, reporting and classification (see below), and conformity assessment requirements. The webinar will review each of these areas in detail and AAFA will provide resources that they have put together on PPE.

Attendees of this webinar will learn:
  • Updates on medical PPE.
  • Details of the new ASTM Specification for barrier face coverings.
  • Specification test methods and procedures.


Matthew McGarrity   
Senior Technical Manager – Hardlines

Matt joined SGS in 2010. He specializes in regulatory, industry requirements, and quality testing. Matt’s focus is on Medical PPE, Environmental Exposure, Accelerated Aging. Matt is a member of standard development organizations such as ASTM, which publish and maintain medical device methods and specifications

Nate Herman
Senior Vice President, Policy

Nate Herman oversees AAFA’s government relations department, managing the association’s lobbying, policy, and regulatory affairs activities. Nate leads AAFA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, formulating and implementing CSR policy and representing AAFA and the industry on CSR issues before governments, NGOs, and other key stakeholders. In addition, Nate develops all apparel and footwear industry data and statistics as AAFA's resident economist. Prior to joining AAFA, Nate worked for six years at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration assisting U.S. firms in entering the global market. Nate spent the last two years as the Department's industry analyst for the footwear and travel goods industries. Nate received a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware in 1992