Commonwealth of Virginia COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Retooling Playbook

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INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF APRIL 2020 UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

Introduction to the VA PPE Retooling Playbook

Epidemiologists and public health experts expect COVID-19 to continue to be an issue until a vaccine is available sometime in 2021. With that expectation comes the recognition that personal protective equipment is likely to remain in short supply.

In response, a core group of Virginia state agencies created this playbook to help manufacturers understand key elements for making PPE. In sharing it on the GENEDGE website, we hope to make this information widely available to Virginia’s manufacturers and help make our state’s PPE supply chain more resilient.*

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides additional, formal guidance on PPE use and manufacture specific to COVID-19 on its website, with a section specific to industry: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/emergency-situations-medical-devices/medical-devices-and-covid-19-pandemic

Purpose of the VA PPE Retooling Playbook

The purpose of this playbook is to provide Virginia manufacturers with a guide to producing PPE for COVID-19.

Objectives Playbook Contents
  • Share critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needs with Virginia manufacturers

Descriptions of critical PPE types in demand by the Commonwealth of Virginia

  • Description of PPE product types required by Virginia healthcare workers, first responders, public workers, and general population
  • High level perspective on industries that are well suited to produce certain types of PPE
  • Share need to know information on regulations and requirements for the production and distribution of PPE

Overview of regulatory and approving agencies for medical devices and considerations for manufacturers

  • Synthesis of the FDA Enforcement Policy for PPE during COVID-19 and implications for manufacturers
  • Product information sheets for each type of PPE
  • Assist Virginia manufacturers with navigating the path to producing PPE in support of the Commonwealth of Virginia

End to end process map for Virginia manufacturers

  • Process maps and example courses of action for non medical manufacturers to retool for PPE production

Resources to leverage for additional assistance

  • Additional resources and assistance for each step of retooling

 

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