All across the country, health care providers and first responders are in a constant struggle to obtain medical-grade PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Overseas production exacerbates this, as supplies destined for the U.S are absorbed by local demand. Thus, for national security, medical supplies must be manufactured in the United States.
Many domestic businesses have met this challenge by starting production of medical supplies, equipment, and PPE to help businesses, the military, consumers, and essential workers battle COVID-19. These actions illustrate the importance of the Berry Amendment, which ensures that covered items are made in the United States to protect domestic industry during times of war. This same principle also applies to the current COVID-19 pandemic when domestic industry is impacted.
What is The Berry Amendment?
The Berry Amendment promotes the usage of American made materials in all equipment and supplies used by the military. Passed in 1941, this policy covers textiles, food, and tools to be used in military operations both at home and abroad.
The Berry Amendment does not just ensure that the military purchases from local industry, but also protects them from using unsafe materials that might be created by foreign companies and governments. According to this amendment, the Department of Defense (DoD) must consider 100% American made textiles whenever possible for the security and safety of the armed forces.
Here’s a closer look at what the Berry Amendment means for textile manufacturers and other organizations that must remain compliant with it.
The Berry Amendment Rules
The Berry Amendment highlights detailed regulations that manufacturers must comply with. Generally, all PPE and other safety gear created by any organization must be Barry Amendment compliant.
Here are some of the items covered in the amendment:
· Insignia and badges
· Range of clothing, including belts, gloves, footwear, head gear, and outerwear
· Canvas products
· Coated synthetic or synthetic fabric
· Equipment containing or manufactured from fabrics, yarns, materials, of fibers like woven silk, cotton, and other natural fibers
The amendment applies to any equipment or supplies created for the Department of Defense, including the purchases made by subcontractors and contractors. It not only applies to raw materials, but all manufacturing and processing must be conducted in the United States with domestically sourced materials.
The Berry Amendment During COVID-19
While this amendment was passed during World War II, it became permanent in 1994 and was then codified in 2002. It restricts the Department of Defense from buying “food, clothing, fabrics, fibers, yarns, other made-up textiles, and hand or measuring tools that are not grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United States.”
The bottom line is that the Berry Amendment supports American manufacturing. It allows manufacturers to fulfill our military’s needs and requirements in a way that not only promotes local revenue, but also ensures that all demands are met. While the global marketplace has greatly expended since the Second World War, these legislations and amendments encourage and promote US based manufacturing.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to an increasing demand for N95 respirators, face shields, goggles, face masks, surgical face masks, gloves, and gowns. Government suppliers must produce PPE and other supplies in compliance with the terms of the Berry Amendment. They must ensure that all guidelines and rules are followed before distributing products to businesses, medical facilities, and the general public.
The Role Response Technologies is Playing
Response Technology is an engineering and material science company that is focused on the distribution, manufacturing, development, and designing of disruptive composite solutions that can help in managing the complex challenges faced by our country.
In this time of crisis, Response Technology aims to provide high quality masks to keep the government and business operating throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The company uses additive manufacturing (more commonly known known as 3D printing) to create materials, like fibers, textiles, foams, coatings, plastics, elastomers, and so much more. They are dedicated to assisting government and medical facilities in the fight against coronavirus by extending their resources and expertise to manufacture Type 1 and Type 2 face masks for essential workers, government officials, and consumers.
Response Technologies manufactures their surgical face masks in an FDA registered facility and are 100% made in the United States. The masks also undergo quality tests in an onsite quality control lab. At full capacity, RT aims to manufacture about 10 million face masks every month. Looking for quality disposable masks for individual use or your workers? Visit Response Techs.com and order your face masks today.