Face masks/face coverings for children

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Dear Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency,

I would like to know if a risk assessment has ever been undertaken to establish the possible medical, physical and psychological harms of a child under the age of 16 wearing a face mask/Face covering, all day at school??

I would like to know if a risk assessment has ever been undertaken to establish the possible medical, physical and psychological harms of a child under the age of 16 wearing a Face mask/Face covering, for any length of time??

Yours faithfully,

Kristina

MHRA Customer Services, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

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Our Ref: FOI 21/394

Dear Kristina,

RE: REQUEST UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

Thank you for your enquiry which we received on 12 April 2021.

I confirm that your request is now being handled under the Freedom of Information Act and you should receive a reply within 20 working days from our date of receipt.

If you need to contact us again about this request, please quote the reference number above.

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MHRA Customer Services, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

FOI 21/394

 

Dear Kristina,

 

Thank you for your email dated 10 April where you asked:

“I would like to know if a risk assessment has ever been undertaken to
establish the possible medical, physical and psychological harms of a
child under the age of 16 wearing a face mask/Face covering, all day at
school??

I would like to know if a risk assessment has ever been undertaken to
establish the possible medical, physical and psychological harms of a
child under the age of 16 wearing a Face mask/Face covering, for any
length of time??”

 

 

We have assumed you are referring to the Department for Education (DfE
guidance on face coverings in education.  MHRA is the UK regulator of
medical devices, medicines and blood components for transfusion.   [1]Face
coverings including those used in education are not medical devices.  We
do not regulate these products and therefore we cannot answer your
questions on this occasion. 

 

You may wish to [2]Contact the Department for Education (DfE) - GOV.UK
 who wrote the guidance.

 

For your information, we have published guidance on some of the different
types of equipment being used during this pandemic, and what the
requirements are:

[3]https://www.gov.uk/guidance/regulatory-s...

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

MHRA Customer Service Centre

 

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