The Irish Exporters Association has launched a database of companies producing personal protective equipment.

The initiative is led by the Chair of the IEA's Western Regional Network Group, Dr John Carr.

Dr Carr spearheaded the initiative to create a database that took account of companies in Ireland that already produced PPE and companies that have repurposed operations to produce face shields/visors, masks, gowns and aprons and hand sanitiser.

The IEA is providing support to companies included in the database, by exploring and identifying export markets for the essential products.

Chair of the IEA Western Regional Network Group Dr John Carr said he recognised the need to establish a supplier database to support SME's manufacturing in Ireland.

"This database is designed to assist these SME’s supply PPE within Ireland and assist with export market development through the support of the Irish Exporters Association," he said.

Chief Executive Simon McKeever said they the IEA wants to make sure Irish PPE is brought to further markets.

"This database is evidence of Ireland’s place as a global leader in the pharmaceutical and life sciences space, in both the production of medicines and devices and now growing in strength in producing personal protective equipment for health care workers," he said.