We are a supplier of medical products based in Barcelona, Spain. We are currently supplying CoViD-19 prevention related material to several European, African and American countries.

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Streetlevel Medical specialises in the procurement, storage and distribution of branded and generic pharmaceuticals and healthcare products. 

Established in 2004 as a family run business, Streetlevel Group has developed a sound reputation in the industry. We provide bespoke distribution services to a number of recognised global manufacturers.

Our focus is on establishing close business relationships working with each client to meet their specific needs sourcing the best product and adhering to good pharmaceutical wholesaling practice.

We pride ourselves on excellent levels of customer and distribution service. Our central network of experienced advisors are allocated to wholesale, pharmacy, At Streetlevel Medical customers are provided the best products and service, at the most competitive prices.




A mask can be either a disposable medical device (a “surgical” type mask) or personal protective equipment (a “respirator”), worn by caregivers and/or contagious patients. Depending on the type of mask, it protects against the transmission of infectious agents by “droplet” or “airborne” routes. Depending on the standard it meets and its protection class, it can prevent contamination by viruses such as Coronavirus, SARS and H1N1.

How to choose a surgical mask or respirator?

Several criteria should be taken into account when choosing a mask such as application, type of mask, level of protection required, etc.

  • Application: depending on the profession, the field of application and the presence or absence of contagious diseases, patients and caregivers use a certain type of mask with a certain level of protection.

  • The type of mask: the two main types of masks are “surgical” masks and “respirators.” They have different functions, standards and objectives. The key point to keep in mind is that surgical masks only protect against infectious agents that can be transmitted via “droplets”, while protective masks or respirators also protect against the inhalation of infectious agents that can be transmitted by “airborne” routes.

  • The level of protection required: each of these types of masks is subject to different standards and regulations in different countries. Within these standards, there are different classes of devices to determine the degree of protection. Refer to the regulations in your geographical area.

  • Disposable or reusable: Surgical masks are only available as disposable. Respirators can be reusable. In the case of respirators, it is possible to replace the filter once it is full.

  • Effective life: the duration of a mask’s effectiveness varies according to use. It can be between three and eight hours. A cheaper mask can mean a short period of use. This is systematically indicated by the manufacturer.

  • Comfort: there are different sizes of masks, adaptable to the morphology of the person who will be wearing it. Protective masks or respirators can also be equipped with an exhalation valve to improve user comfort. Some masks also cover the eyes if eye protection is required. These are called full face respirators or masks.

Why choose a surgical mask?

A medical or surgical mask is a disposable medical device. It protects against infectious agents transmitted by “droplets.” However, it does not protect against “airborne” infectious agents. It will therefore not prevent the wearer from being potentially contaminated by a virus.

A surgical mask does two things:

  • Prevents droplets of saliva or secretions from the upper respiratory tract when the wearer exhales. If worn by the caregiver, the surgical mask protects the patient and his or her environment (air, surfaces, equipment, surgical site). If worn by a contagious patient, it prevents the patient from contaminating his or her surroundings and environment.

  • Protects the wearer from infection transmitted by “droplets” or from the risk of splashs of biological fluids. In the latter case, the surgical mask must have a waterproof layer. It can also be equipped with a visor to protect the eyes.

“Surgical” masks can be used in different fields:

  • Surgery

  • Dentistry

  • Other medical procedures

  • In the case of isolation

Why choose a respirator?

A respirator is a type of personal protective equipment. It prevents the wearer from inhaling aerosols (dust, smoke, mist) as well as vapors or gases (disinfectants, anesthetic gases) that are health hazards. It also protects the wearer from airborne infectious agents i.e. against contamination by a virus such as coronavirus, SARS, H1N1, etc.

Respirators are divided into two categories: insulating (which are not covered in this buying guide) and filtering.

Filtering respirators consist of a facepiece and a filtering device. Sometimes the filter element is integrated into the facepiece. Depending on the type of filter, the mask will either be effective only against particles, only against certain gases and vapors, or against particles, gases and vapors.

Filtering respirators can sometimes also be equipped with an exhalation valve to improve user comfort. The valve prevents condensation inside the mask, misting on the glasses and helps the user breathe in and out easily.

It should be noted that respirators also protect those who wear them from inhaling “droplets” of infectious agents.

What are the standards that must be respected for masks?

Each of these two types of masks are subject to different standards and regulations depending on the country or geographical area.

  • Surgical masks: these masks are tested in the direction of exhalation (from inside to outside). The tests take into account the efficiency of bacterial filtration. They must meet the following regional standards:

    • European standard EN 14683. According to this standard there are three types of effectiveness:

      • Type 1 or BFE1 with a bacterial filtration efficiency of over 95%.

      • Type 2 or BFE2 with a bacterial filtration efficiency of over 98%.

      • Type R: the European standard also adds a test of resistance to projection for types 1R and 2R, 2R being the most resistant.

    • In the United States surgical masks must comply with ASTM standards. There are three levels of protection:

      • Level 1: for a low risk of exposure to fluids.

      • Level 2: for a moderate risk of exposure to fluids.

      • Level 3: for a high risk of exposure to fluids.

  • Respirators: these masks are tested in the direction of inspiration (from outside to inside). The tests take into account the efficiency of the filter and leakage to the face. They must meet the following regional standards:

    • European standard EN 149: 2001. According to this standard, there are three classes of disposable particulate respirators:

      • FFP1: the least filtering of the three masks with an aerosol filtration of at least 80% and leakage to the inside of maximum 22%; it is mainly used as a dust mask (home renovations and various types of work).

      • FFP2: minimum 94% filtration percentage and maximum 8% leakage to the inside; mainly used in construction, agriculture, the pharmaceutical industry and by healthcare professionals against influenza viruses or respiratory illnesses such as avian flu, SARS, pneumonic plague, tuberculosis and most recently the new coronavirus.

      • FFP3: minimum filtration percentage of 99% and maximum 2% leakage to the inside; it is the most filtering mask of the FFPs and protects against very fine particles such as asbestos.

    • In the United States, respirators must meet NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) standards. Within this standard, there are several classes of respirators depending on the degree of oil resistance:

      • Class N: no oil resistance. A distinction is made between N95, N99 and N100. The number after the letter indicates the percentage of filtration of suspended particles.

      • Class R: mask resistant to oil for up to eight hours. Here again, a distinction is made between R95, R99 and R100.

      • Class P: a completely oil-resistant mask. There are also P95, P99 and P100.

Surgical Masks:

  • EN 14683: Type 1, Type 2, Type R

  • ASTM: Level 1 / 2 / 3


  • EN 149: FFP1, FFP2, FFP3

  • NIOSH: Class N, Class R, Class P

Mr. Jouni Janatuinen
+34 625 957 077

Director of Sales
Mrs. Helena Muñoz Galan
+34 646 185 444

Project Manager - Central America & Caribbean
Mr. Blas González Aponte
+34 652 078 863

Project Manager - India & Bangladesh
Mr. Shivkumar Giri
+91 982 029 6362