FIOH to sell PPE testing and certification services to SGS
The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health said it will sell its testing and certification services for personal protective equipment (PPE) to SGS, an international inspection, testing, verification and certification company. Among the services to be sold are those which are authorized to conduct conformity assessments in accordance with the EU’s PPE Regulation and PPE Directive 89/686/EEC under FIOH’s Notified Body No. 0403, and the related PPE testing operations in Helsinki.
The aim of this sale is to offer the expertise developed at FIOH a strong growth platform in today’s changing markets. Twelve FIOH employees will transfer to SGS, retaining all their employment terms and conditions.
This change will not affect existing contracts, customer relationships or already granted type-examination certificates.
–Customer service will continue as normal and product contact persons will remain the same, says Anna Ruhala, Product Group Manager at SGS Fimko and Carita Aschan, Director at FIOH.
– We feel that this sale will bring a unique opportunity to further develop Finnish PPE expertise and above all to raise it to a globally significant level, says Antti Koivula, Director General of FIOH.
– Our decision was influenced by our belief that SGS’s operational culture will provide excellent operating conditions for the FIOH employees transferring to SGS as a result of this sale, adds Carita Aschan, Director at FIOH.
Helsinki’s accredited PPE business will be transferred to SGS on 1st October 2019.
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