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CE CATEGORY European Directive 89/686/EEC

EN 420 General requirements and test methods

EN ISO 374-1: 2016

CATEGORY I Minor risks. CATEGORY II Reversible risks (injury), certified compliant

by a notified body.

CATEGORY III Irreversible risks (corrosion), certified compliant and tested by a notified body whose number is specified.

Technical information*

Glove markings


Level of dexterity (1 to 5)

Innocuousness of the glove

* Printed on the packaging or on the user instruction of SHOWA gloves. For further details, contact your distributor or visit the website

The standard defines requirement for the capability of gloves to protect the user against penetration, permeation and degradation by chemicals and microorganisms. It classifies three types of gloves by level of protection (A, B, and C).

The European Directive 89/686/EEC on PPE has been superseded by the new PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425. This Regulation, that introduces revisions in several PPE standards such as EN 388 and EN 374, was published in the Official Journal of the

European Union on 31st March 2016 and is being applied as of 21st April 2018. The existing

certificates according to the Directive will remain valid until 21st April 2023. For more

information on the revision of the Directive and its implications, please visit the SHOWA

group website.

SHOWA has recertified all products according to the new regulations, and these changes

can be seen on the technical documentation available from the website.

Please note that products manufactured after the recertification will have the updated

norms on the glove stamp. Gloves manufactured before the recertification will have the old

norms. This is not a reflection on the quality of the gloves and they can still be used.