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RR1148 - Market surveillance of eye-protectors for lasers or intense pulsed light in the cosmetic industry

Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) sources are commonly used for medical and cosmetic procedures in the UK. The purpose of this study was to examine eye-protectors marketed for use with these light sources. The markings on the eye-protectors and the information provided with them were examined and compared to the relevant standards: EN 207 for laser eye-protectors; ISO 12609-1 or EN 166/EN 169 for IPL eye protectors. Only the markings and information were examined; no performance testing was conducted. All eye-protectors were purchased from suppliers in the UK. Based on a visual inspection, all of the eye-protectors purchased for this study were found to be in good condition and undamaged.

Products sold as laser eye-protectors

Of the nine eye-protectors purchased for this project, five had markings that were consistent with the relevant standard (EN 207), and the majority of the information required by EN 207 was provided. The following issues were identified with the remaining four eye-protectors:

Products sold as IPL eye-protectors

Of the nine IPL eye-protectors purchased for this project, five had markings consistent with a relevant IPL eye-protector standard (EN 166/EN 169 or ISO 12609-1), and the majority of the required information was provided. The following issues were identified with the remaining four eye-protectors:

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Updated 2019-08-28