Export licence for personal protective equipment in the healthcare sector no longer necessary

As of 26 May 2020, it is no longer necessary to apply for an export licence for the export of certain items of personal protective equipment, such as facemasks, goggles, and protective clothing, to countries outside the EU.

The requirement for an export licence was introduced on 14 March due to a shortage of personal protective equipment in the EU. On 26 April, the licence requirement was extended for 30 days. The European Commission recently decided not to again extend the regulation (EU) no. 2020/568 on which the licence requirement was based.