Our company, Medical Sales Consultants Austria GmbH, has been granted permission by the U.S. distributor of the NATO Tourniquet to write this letter. The distributor, Extreme Holdings LLC dba Extreme Outfitters, has given us this permission because we import into Europe and sell the NATO tourniquet for the purpose of use on military, police and civilian rescue dogs.

The NATO tourniquet is manufactured in the U.S. by Granite Gear exclusively for Extreme Outfitters and is exported from the U.S. and imported into Europe. Based on EU Council Directive 93/42/EEC, the NATO Tourniquet does not have CE certification. Our companies in both Austria and Germany require that all NATO tourniquet buyers declare in writing that the tourniquet will be used on dogs only. It is only after we receive this written confirmation that we deliver to them the NATO tourniquet.

It has come to our attention that there are sources within the EU who believe the NATO tourniquet has CE certification. Therefore, it became very clear, for both the distributor and my companies, that we deny this claim and state the lack of CE clearly in this letter.

Some of this confusion may be because there is another tourniquet, which looks like the NATO tourniquet and some customers must be assuming it is the NATO Tourniquet. Based on product labeling, this “look-alike” tourniquet is manufactured in Germany. Labeling does carry the CE emblem and pictogram instructions for use.

Please contact me directly if any additional clarification is needed.