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During the International Detergency Conference in Düsseldorf (Germany), SBS board member Andreas Schumacher and SBS expert for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Andrea Rechtsteiner offered insights into the challenges SMEs face in the standardisation work. Mr Schumacher emphasised the need to directly engage in the development and drafting of legislation and standards. Addressing the attending textile care companies, Mr Schumacher asked for more cooperation among companies. In a separate presentation, Ms Rechtsteiner brought forward concrete standardisation projects that would need special attention from the textile care industry. With a new regulation for PPE that entered into force on 21 April 2018, Ms Rechtsteiner circulated a new guideline document for the selection, use, care and maintenance of protective clothing.