Analysis: “European Union imposes export restrictions on personal protective equipment” by Isabelle van Damme
The unprecedented and alarming public health emergency resulting from the outbreak of COVID-19 has caused the European Union to impose restrictions on exports of personal protective equipment with effect from 15 March 2020, complementing other initiatives taken in response to this crisis. The export restrictions are in place for a period of six weeks, ending on 26 April 2020. They may be extended or otherwise be reviewed.
Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/402 designates personal protective equipment as an essential product necessary to further prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease and to safeguarding the health of medical staff treating infected patients. Annex I defines personal protective equipment, by reference to CN