CKCA offers guidance for pivoting to COVID-19 healthcare supplies
The Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association urges manufacturers to seek approvals of their design and manufacturing process before launching advertising and production of healthcare supplies.

OTTAWA -- The Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association (CKCA) through its website and member communications, is offering guidance for manufacturers seeking to produce personal protection equipment (PPE) on the front lines in the COVID-19 crisis.  According to Sandra Wood, CKCA executive director, medical equipment must meet Canadian standards.  "It is very important that you first seek approvals of your design and manufacturing process before you start advertising and producing your product in quantity," said Wood.

"Supply chains are strained and plastics used for protective gear will be in high demand. Please do not stockpile face shield type plastics unless you have been approved as a seller of your product to the healthcare community," said Wood.

The CKCA pointed to the NGen Supercluster as a place to start if you'd like to manufacture PPE:

The NGen Supercluster is an initiative created by the federal government in 2018 to bring together Canadian business to collaborate with other innovation partners.  Now the Feds are leveraging the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster and directing funding to mobilize companies that can rapidly respond to COVID-19 pandemic by building a Canadian supply of essential equipment, products and therapeutics.
National Research Council
Has a central registry for businesses who can potentially produce needed suppliesRegistration form (takes 3-5 days for them to respond given current volume).



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Harry Urban is the retired publisher of the Woodworking Network. Urban spent more than 30 years working in business-to-business publishing, trade shows, and conferences. He has travelled extensively throughout North America and overseas visiting and reporting on major manufacturing facilities and trade shows. In retirement, he's still following the woodworking industry, but he plans to do a lot more fishing.