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Notice on NIOSH ownership of respirator certification marks

NIOSH has successfully recorded the NIOSH stylized logo with and without text, as well as the certification marks N95, N99, N100, P95, P100, and the term “NIOSH Approved”, with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). NIOSH, as the certifying federal entity for the N95 Respirator Approval Program, owns these certification marks, meaning that NIOSH controls who can use these marks. Accordingly, NIOSH will let manufacturers use these certification marks only if they become NIOSH-approval holders because of their products satisfying the NIOSH’s regulatory standards set forth in 42 C.F.R. Part 84. While these marks have historically been protected under common law (as opposed to a trademark registration) since they were established by the program regulations, these marks are now registered with the USPTO as federal registrations, as well as in various foreign countries, and are subject to additional protections under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1051 et seq. and foreign trademark laws. Thus, any misuse of these marks, including on respirators that have failed to satisfy NIOSH’s regulatory requirements or have not received a NIOSH approval, is a direct violation of applicable trademark laws and NIOSH may pursue action as necessary. This also applies to approval holders that misuse or misplace the marks or terms against the regulations, specifically outlined in 42 C.F.R. § 84.33.

Counterfeit respirators are products that are falsely marketed and sold as being NIOSH-approved and may not be capable of providing appropriate respiratory protection to workers. When NIOSH becomes aware of counterfeit respirators or those misrepresenting NIOSH approval on the market, we will post them here to alert users, purchasers, and manufacturers.

How to identify a NIOSH-approved respirator:

NIOSH-approved respirators have an approval label on or within the packaging of the respirator (i.e. on the box itself and/or within the users’ instructions). Additionally, an abbreviated approval is on the FFR itself. You can verify the approval number on the NIOSH Certified Equipment List (CEL) or the NIOSH Trusted-Source page to determine if the respirator has been approved by NIOSH. NIOSH-approved FFRs will always have one of the following designations: N95, N99, N100, R95, R99, R100, P95, P99, P100.

Signs that a respirator may be counterfeit:

  • No markings at all on the filtering facepiece respirator
  • No approval (TC) number on filtering facepiece respirator or headband
  • No NIOSH markings
  • NIOSH spelled incorrectly
  • Presence of decorative fabric or other decorative add-ons (e.g., sequins)
  • Claims for the of approval for children (NIOSH does not approve any type of respiratory protection for children)
  • Filtering facepiece respirator has ear loops instead of headbands

Check the respirator approval markings using the Example of Correct Exterior Markings on a NIOSH-Approved Filtering Facepiece Respirator graphic.

More Tips to Spot Counterfeit Respirators

Note – Below the most recent listings are additional counterfeit respirators.

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (1)

Breath Buddy is NOT a NIOSH approval holder and they are misrepresenting product by indicating it can be used with half and full facepieces made by other manufacturers who hold NIOSH approvals. The Breath Buddy Particulate Filter is NOT a component associated with a NIOSH approval. If this filter is used in place of the filter component associated with the NIOSH-approved respiratory protective device (RPD), it will void the NIOSH approval. (1/26/2022)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (2)

Chengde Technology Co., Ltd. is misusing NIOSH test information regarding Gosbuy KN95 face masks. It is being marketed as being tested by NPPTL, using an image of the test setup from the assessment. As stated on the NIOSH website, these results are not to be used by manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and importers to make claims about their products and/or to influence purchasers and cannot be used to make claims that the product meets NIOSH approval requirements. Chengde Technology Co., Ltd. is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label assignee. (1/18/2022)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (3)

Good Mask Co. is misusing NIOSH test information regarding the “Good Folding KN95” mask; marketing as “CDC-approved, NIOSH-certified”.This statement is misleading because CDC, through NIOSH, does not approve KN95 masks or any other respiratory protective device certified to international standards. Additionally, Good Mask Co. is misusing NIOSH test information. The product package indicates it meets Chinese standard GB 2626-2006 and was submitted to NIOSH under an International Respirator Assessment request. It is being marketed using results from the assessment. As stated on the NIOSH website,these results are not to be used by manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and importers to make claims about their products and/or to influence purchasers and cannot be used to make claims that the product meets NIOSH approval requirements. Huizhou Green Communication Equipment Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label assignee. (1/13/2022)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (4)

The Health Protective KN95 mask is being marketed as “Certified KN95 respirator mask, adopted by the CDC”. This statement is misleading because CDC, through NIOSH, does not approve KN95 masks or any other respiratory protective device certified to international standards. Additionally, Health Protective is misusing NIOSH test information. The product package indicates it meets Chinese standard GB 2626-2006 and was submitted to NIOSH under an International Respirator Assessment request. It is being marketed using results from the assessment. As stated on the NIOSH website, these results are not to be used by manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and importers to make claims about their products and/or to influence purchasers and cannot be used to make claims that the product meets NIOSH approval requirements. Changshu City Hengyun Nonwoven Products Co., Ltd. is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label assignee. (1/11/2022)

View Additional Counterfeit Respirators Listed in 2019 to 2021

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (5)

Guangzhou Zhen Tao Culture Media Co., Ltd. is marketing Benehal Model 8865 as a NIOSH approved unit for kids. NIOSH does not approve filtering facepiece respirators for children. Although Suzhou Sanical Protective Product Manufacturing Co. Ltd. manufactures Benehal Model 8865, under NIOSH approval number TC-84A-7449, this unit is not NIOSH approved as a filtering facepiece respirator for children. (12/17/2021)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (6)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of NIOSH approval. SafeShield’s marketing of model FS-N95 is misleading and may cause users to believe it is NIOSH approved. SafeShield references certification to NIOSH CFR 42.84 180-181 and TEB-APR-STP-0059. This information is inaccurate. SafeShield is not a NIOSH approval holder or private label assignee, and model FS-N95 is NOT NIOSH approved. (12/1/2021)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (7)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Megha International is marketing the Feel Safe Mask N95 in a package marked NIOSH Certification. Megha International is not a NIOSH approval holder or private label assignee. Feel Safe Mask N95 is NOT NIOSH approved. (11/5/2021)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (8)

Dongguan AOXING is misusing NIOSH test information for its KN95 Protective Mask model AX-KF95. Product was submitted to NIOSH under an International Respirator Assessment request and it is being marketed using results from the assessment. As stated on the NIOSH website, these results are not to be used by manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and importers to make claims about their products and/or to influence purchasers and cannot be used to make claims that the product meets NIOSH approval requirements. Dongguan AOXING is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label assignee. (11/5/2021)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (9)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Sobmex is marketing numerous filtering facepiece respirators with NIOSH listed on the technical specifications sheet, but Sobmex is not a NIOSH approval holder or private label assignee. Sobmex respirators are NOT NIOSH approved. (9/9/2021)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (10)

Moaron is NOT a NIOSH approval holder and they are misrepresenting product as meeting NIOSH approval. The product listing claims the filter “meets NIOSH P100-series.” NIOSH only approves whole respirator configurations, not individual components. The Moaron 2091 P100 filter is NOT a component associated with a NIOSH approval. Additionally, it is incorrectly being advertised that it is compatible with other NIOSH-approved products. If this filter is used in place of the filter component associated with the NIOSH-approved respiratory protective device (RPD), it will void the NIOSH approval. (9/9/2021)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (11)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Pure&Safe is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label assignee. The Pure&Safe 5 Layered Reusable Anti-Pollution N95 Face Mask with Activated Carbon Filter is not NIOSH approved. (5/26/2021)

(Video) Counterfeit Respirators – Can you tell the difference

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (12)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. U-SAFE is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label assignee. U-SAFE models B120 and B130 N95 particulate respirator are not NIOSH approved. (4/30/2021)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (13)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Osprey is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label assignee. The Osprey N95 particulate respirator is not NIOSH approved. (4/21/2021)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (14)

EPC Product, LLC is misrepresenting product manufactured by their company as NIOSH-approved product. Models sold by EPC, including but not limited to, PT-N95F-01, PT-N95C-02, and PT-N95CS-02 are NOT NIOSH-approved. EPC Product, LLC is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (3/26/2021)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (16)

Zhengzhou Ruipu Medical Technology Co., Ltd. is misusing NIOSH test information regarding RUIPU RIPE DOCTORS KN95. The product package indicates it meets Chinese standard GB 2626-2006 and was submitted to NIOSH under an International Respirator Assessment request. It is being marketed using results from the assessment. As stated on the NIOSH website, these results are not to be used by manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and importers to make claims about their products and/or to influence purchasers and cannot be used to make claims that the product meets NIOSH approval requirements. Zhengzhou Ruipu Medical Technology Co., Ltd. is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (2/18/2021)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (17)

Chengde Technology Co., Ltd. is misusing NIOSH test information regarding WWDOLL model CD9501B KN95 Foldable Protective Masks. The product package indicates it meets Chinese standard GB 2626-2019 and was submitted to NIOSH under an International Respirator Assessment request. It is being marketed using results from the assessment. As stated on the NIOSH website, these results are not to be used by manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and importers to make claims about their products and/or to influence purchasers and cannot be used to make claims that the product meets NIOSH approval requirements. Chengde Technology Co., Ltd. is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (2/18/2021)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (18)

Raxwell Industrial Technology Co., Ltd. is misusing NIOSH test information regarding Raxwell model RX9501 KN95 Face Masks. The product package indicates it meets Chinese standard GB 2626-2006 and was submitted to NIOSH under an International Respirator Assessment request. It is being marketed using results from the assessment. As stated on the NIOSH website, these results are not to be used by manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and importers to make claims about their products and/or to influence purchasers and cannot be used to make claims that the product meets NIOSH approval requirements. Additionally, Raxwell model RX9501P N95 is being misrepresented as a NIOSH-approved product. Raxwell Industrial Technology Co., Ltd. is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (2/18/2021)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (19)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH-approved product. Products labeled TENAMYD FM and sold by Clean Life 360 are NOT NIOSH approved. (2/4/2021)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (20)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of NIOSH approved product. Zelbuck is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. Respirators and replacement cartridges and filters marked as Zelbuck are NOT NIOSH approved. (12/21/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (21)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Yamada Safety First is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. Yamada brand masks, including models 5241 and 8242, are not NIOSH approved. (12/3/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (22)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Neither Pangolin nor Pangocare is a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. Pangocare models MSKP4001 and MSKP4002 are not NIOSH approved. (12/3/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (23)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Model TY 0424 is not NIOSH approved. Xiantao Fushi Protective Products Co., Ltd. is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (11/5/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (24)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. DUKAL is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (10/22/2020)
*UPDATE — On December 18, 2020, Shanghai Dasheng Health Products Manufacture Co., Ltd issued a user notice for select lots of the DUKALTM N95 respirator.

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (25)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH-approved product. Products labeled as ECO Solutions NIOSH N95 are NOT NIOSH approved. (9/29/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (26)

NIOSH has been notified that Valmy model VRN95 is being misrepresented as NIOSH approved. This model has not been NIOSH approved since 2017. The product being sold is no longer compliant to the NIOSH approval. (8/25/2020)

(Video) Counterfeit & Altered Respirators

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (27)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. INSAFE is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (8/25/20)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (28)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH-approved product. Products labeled as DermaCare or Espomega, with model numbers HY8710, HY8812, and HY8816, are NOT NIOSH approved. (8/7/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (29)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Intech Safety Pvt. Ltd. is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (8/7/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (30)

NIOSH has been notified that there are websites selling and misrepresenting Safe Life model B130 and model B150 as NIOSH approved. These models have not been NIOSH approved since 2015. The product being sold is no longer compliant to the NIOSH approval and is being sold without Safe Life Corporation’s permission. (7/24/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (31)

NIOSH has been notified that there are websites selling and misrepresenting SAS model 8617A as NIOSH approved under TC-84A-4276, which is no longer a valid NIOSH approval number. This model was previously manufactured for SAS as a private label until the NIOSH approval was voluntarily rescinded by the manufacturer in 2014. Additionally, this respirator is being sold without SAS Safety Corporation’s permission and was not manufactured by SAS. (7/16/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (32)

This is an example of counterfeit respirators using NIOSH approval holder Shining Star Electronic Technology’s NIOSH approval number (TC-84A-8125, model SS6001-N95) without their permission. The counterfeit box is glossy and primarily green, and the product is packaged in 2 stacks of 10 units. Although TC-84A-8125 is a valid NIOSH approval number, please take extra precautions when purchasing this respirator to ensure it is authentic product and not the counterfeit version. (7/10/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (33)

NIOSH has not issued any letters to Foshan Flying Medical Products Co., Ltd. This letter was altered to appear that Foshan Flying Medical Products was the recipient. Any N95 filtering facepiece respirators for sale accompanied by this letter are NOT NIOSH approved. (6/3/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (34)

Translation of letter: “Makrite Hubei Industrial Co., Ltd has not signed any purchase contracts or agreement with any company or issued any distribution authorization. Anyone claiming that they have authorization or a purchase contract with Makrite Hubei Industrial Co., Ltd is forgery and infringement. In case of any business or individual claiming to have the authorization letter or certification from Makrite Hubei Industrial Co., Ltd, please report to the police immediately.”
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Makrite Hubei Industrial Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of NIOSH approval holder Makrite Industries Inc., issued a notice to alert customers of a product that is potentially being manufactured without the permission of Makrite and may be misrepresented as NIOSH approved. (5/15/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (35)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH-approved product. Products made by Jiangyin Chang-hung Industrial or labeled GRANDE are NOT NIOSH approved. The numbers listed on the packaging, TC-84A-4503, -84A-4639, -84A-4643, and -84A-4646, are not valid NIOSH approval numbers. (5/14/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (36)

These are two examples of respirators being misrepresented as NIOSH approved on www.covidness.net. The SEKURA-321 is listed as NIOSH approved with approval number TC-84A-6660. Although this is a valid NIOSH approval number issued to Makrite, the website is selling a counterfeit respirator and using Makrite’s approval number without their permission. The second example is called MIUTON. It is being misrepresented as NIOSH certified, but is NOT NIOSH approved. (5/13/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (37)

This is an example of a counterfeit respirator using Shanghai Dasheng Health Products Manufacture Co. Ltd’s (SDH) NIOSH approval number, TC 84A-4335, without their permission. SOUND is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (4/28/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (38)

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Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (40)

NIOSH did not issue this letter and test report to Shenzhen Ende Medical Technology Co., Ltd. Although they appear to be from NIOSH, these documents have been altered and the information contained has been falsified. Shenzhen Ende Medical Technology Co., Ltd. is NOT a NIOSH approval holder. Any N95 filtering facepiece respirators from Shenzhen Ende claiming to be NIOSH-approved or accompanied by these documents are NOT NIOSH approved. (4/27/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (41)

(Video) Counterfeit and Altered Respirators: The Importance of NIOSH Certification

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (42)

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Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (45)

These are examples of counterfeit respirators using Shanghai Dasheng Health Products Manufacture Co. Ltd’s (SDH) NIOSH approval numbers without their permission. These models include, but may not be limited to, models DTC3X (marked as TC-84A-4329), DTC3W (marked as TC-84A-4335), DTC3B (marked as TC-84A-4336), DTC3Z (marked as TC-84A-8150), and Raxwell RX9501P. Note that any SDH respirators with ear loops are NOT NIOSH approved. (4/17/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (46)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH-approval. G & F Products is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (4/9/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (47)

Any respirators being sold as Maskin are no longer NIOSH approved. They are counterfeit or they are no longer compliant to the NIOSH approval. (4/9/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (48)

This is an example of a counterfeit respirator. Medicos is selling an N95 respirator using the Moldex approval number and label without Moldex’s permission. Medicos is not a NIOSH approval holder or private label holder. (3/12/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (49)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of the NIOSH-approval. Yark is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. Additionally, respirators from the box include the CE (European) approval mark and NIOSH N95. This is not an acceptable format for a NIOSH-approved respirator. (3/5/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (50)

The Guangzhou Weini Technology & Development Co., Ltd. (GWT) respirator with model number K320 is not NIOSH-approved. GWT respirator approvals were rescinded in 2009. Please refer to our user notice for additional information. GWT respirators bearing any NIOSH approval number listed on the user notice is NOT NIOSH-approved. (2/10/2020)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (51)

There are no markings on the face of the respirator. (11/6/2019)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (52)

NIOSH does not approve any type of respiratory protection for kids. (11/6/2019)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (53)

There are no markings on the face of the respirator. (11/6/2019)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (54)

This product is not NIOSH-approved. Look at the markings on the front. The logo is wrong, there is no approval number (TC-84A-xxxx). (11/6/2019)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (55)

This product is not NOSH approved. No NIOSH logo or approval number on the face of the product. (11/6/2019)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (57)

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(Video) !!! Dasheng Counterfeit Respirators Niosh N95 Masks

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Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (77)

Images here are examples of counterfeit respirators. These respirators are being sold as if they are NIOSH-approved even though the manufacturer, Anhui Tongcheng YaGe Health Materials, Co., Ltd, is not listed as a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (10/23/2019)

PitBull Safety Products are not a NIOSH approval holders
Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (78)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (79)

These are examples of misrepresentation of the NIOSH-approval. PitBull Safety Products is not a NIOSH approval holder. (10/07/2019)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (80)

This is an example of misrepresentation of the NIOSH-approval. Vogmask® is not a NIOSH approval holder. This wording is misleading and not accurate: With premium technologies and designs for best particle filtering results, our NIOSH certified Vogmask® is a reusable superior everyday face mask that protects one from dust, fine particulate matters (PM), pollen, air pollution, such as smog and smoke … from https://www.vogmask.ca/ (10/07/19)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (81)

This is an example of two counterfeit respirators. Valpro Safety is selling the Ranger 821 and Ranger 821V respirators using the 3M approval number (TC-84A-007) and label without 3M’s permission. (6/19/19)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (82)

This is an example of a counterfeit respirator. Pacifico Salud SAC is selling units using the Suzhou Sanical Protection (SSP) approval number (TC-84A-6766) and label without SSP’s permission. Additionally, there are two errors on the respirator package. The first error is that they claim the N95 respirator is 96% efficient. The second error is located in the bottom right corner of the package where is states the respirator is manufactured by Benehal China, who is not a NIOSH approval holder. (1/4/2019)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (83)

This counterfeit respirator, NT-V2 Nano Bi-Directional respirator, is being advertised as a NIOSH-approved, using a NIOSH approval number. The TC number (TC 84A-0427) belongs to a 3M full facepiece respirator with cartridges and was used without 3M’s permission. Additionally, this counterfeit respirator was not manufactured by Pasture Pharma.

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (84)

This respirator is being sold as if it is NIOSH-approved, even though the manufacturer, FitSeal, is not listed as a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (2/19/2019)

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (85)

This is an example of misrepresentation of the NIOSH-approval. All approvals for Wein Products (WPI) were rescinded in 2011. However, the manufacturer’s website continues to state the ViraMask N99ESC is certified by NIOSH. View the user notice announcing the rescission.

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (86)

This is an example of a counterfeit N95 Respirator that was brought to NIOSH’s attention. While the TC number and private label holder are valid, this unapproved unit can be identified by the misspelling of NIOSH on the front of the respirator.

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (87)

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These are examples of counterfeit respirators. These respirators are being sold as if they are NIOSH-approved even though the manufacturer, Zubi-Ola, is not listed as a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder.

Check the respirator approval markings (graphic below) or the Certified Equipment List to verify your respirator is NIOSH-approved. Additional information is available on the NIOSH Trusted Source page.

Example of the Correct Exterior Markings on a NIOSH-Approved Filtering Facepiece Respirator

Counterfeit Respirators | NPPTL | NIOSH (89)

(Video) Counterfeit Face Masks | Real vs Fake Face Masks

FAQs

How can you tell a fake N95? ›

The easiest way to tell if your N95 is NIOSH approved is to search for it on the NIOSH Certified Equipment List (CEL). All NIOSH- approved respirators have a testing and certification (TC) approval number (e.g., TC 84A-XXXX), which must be printed on the respirator.

What is a KN95 mask GB2626 2006? ›

These face masks may also be known as filtering facepiece respirators. KN95 face mask. KN95 is a performance rating under the Chinese standard GB2626:2006, the requirements of which are broadly the same as the European standard BSEN149:2001+A1:2009 for FFP2 facemasks.

Is Benehal niosh approved? ›

Benehal Flat fold MS8225 N95 Masks M/L. Product Features: This is a NIOSH certified N95 respirator. Premium quality NIOSH-Approved N95 particulate respirator with at least 95% filtration efficiency against certain non-oil-based particles.

Where can I find niosh approved KN95? ›

Look for the NIOSH stamp of approval

There should be an approval number on the filtering respirator and "NIOSH" must be spelled correctly. Both the mask and its packaging should be labeled "NIOSH-approved," Dr. Stella Hines, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, says.

How do I know if my 3M N95 mask is genuine? ›

Know it's genuine. Protecting people is your top priority.
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Follow the 3M Safe Guard™ process.
  1. Find the codes. On the bottom of the product box, just under the bar code or on the roll, you'll see a 10-digit secure code and a 6-digit lot code. ...
  2. Enter the codes. Enter your codes here. ...
  3. Mark the product as validated.

Is KN95 as good as N95? ›

The difference between the two types of masks is the certi cation. N95 is the United States (U.S.) standard and the KN95 is the China standard. Only N95 masks are approved for healthcare use in the U.S. KN95 masks have many of the same protective properties.

What is a GB2626 mask? ›

Powecom KN95 Respirator Masks , model GB2626-AA, are FDA approved non-NIOSH KN95 face piece respirators that protect against airborne bacteria, germs, viruses, and other particulates that are 0.3 microns or larger in size that have been authorized for use by medical professionals as per the May 7th, 2020 Appendix A ...

Does NIOSH certify KN95? ›

NIOSH does not approve KN95 products or any other respiratory protective devices certified to international standards.

How long can you wear a KN95 mask before replacing it? ›

You can use your mask as long as breathing remains comfortable. When it becomes soiled, please throw it away in the normal trash. To keep your mask clean between uses, store your mask in a paper bag for 48 hours before wearing again. You can wear a plastic face shield to prevent your mask from becoming soiled.

How can I know Product fake or real? ›

Look carefully and if it appears flimsy, lacks the brand or logo, has graphics or a name that is similar to but not quite the same, it could be counterfeit. If you are a regular user and have a keen eye, you might be able to spot it in an instant. If not, then visit the brand's official website for a check.

How do you check if masks are FDA approved? ›

To identify FDA-cleared products, search the 510(k) Premarket Notification database using device name (such as, surgical mask) or product code (such as FXX, OUK, or OXZ).

Are Costco kn95 niosh approved? ›

Costco N95 Masks Product Features:

NIOSH Approved – Approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Tight Face-to-Mask Seal – Mask seals to face to reduce air leakage. Polypropylene Filtration – Face mask delivers N95 Filtration or ≥95% filtration to 0.3 microns.

How many times reuse N95? ›

CDC recommends limiting the number of donnings for an N95 FFR to no more than five per device. It may be possible to don some models of FFRs more than five times [2]. Fit performance during limited reuse should be monitored by the respiratory protection program manager or appropriate safety personnel.

Where is Benehal NIOSH N95 made? ›

Benehal N95 Masks are manufactured by Suzhou Sanical Protective Product Manufacturing Company, Ltd. and the brand belongs to them.

Why are KN95 masks not approved? ›

Respirators that Meet International Standards

About 60% of KN95 respirators NIOSH evaluated during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021 did not meet the requirements that they intended to meet. Using a poor-quality product may not provide the level of protection indicated.

Are KN95 Made in USA? ›

Description. America1 KN95 masks are made right here in the USA from globally sourced components with high-quality materials that comply with safety standards. Our face masks ensure optimum protection with an innovative design, covering your entire face without leaving gaps on the side.

How can I tell if a respirator is NIOSH approved? ›

How to identify a NIOSH Approved respirator: All NIOSH Approved respirators have a testing and certification (TC) approval number (e.g., TC 84A-XXXX). The NIOSH approval label, which you can find on or within the respirator packaging, includes the TC approval number.

How can you tell a fake 3M respirator? ›

A green checkmark means the product is genuine. A yellow or red symbol indicates that your product may be counterfeit. Mark the package as validated. Initial and date the package to let your employees know they are being protected by a genuine 3M product.

What does the K in N95 stand for? ›

A lot of websites point out accurately that the "K" in KN95 stands for China, and the Chinese have done their best to create a mask that is equivalent to the US masks. They supposedly have the same filtration efficiency: 95% of particles greater than 0.3 microns are blocked. KN95s have an additional fit test ...

Can you get Covid with KN95? ›

KN95 masks

It offers more protection than a medical mask does because it filters out both large and small particles when the wearer inhales. However, be cautious when buying a KN95, as many fake masks are sold that don't meet quality requirements.

Is 3m N95 mask good for Covid? ›

The CDC states that well-fitting N95 respirators approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offer the highest level of protection against COVID-19 and its newest variant, Omicron.

Are GB2626 masks good? ›

Older masks are stamped with “GB2626-2006.” As long as the expiration date is still good, these masks are good to use.

Who makes KN95 GB2626 2019? ›

White Powecom® KN95 Respirator Face Mask - Ear Loop - 10 masks per pack - Made to the NEW GB2626-2019 Standard with Better Breathability - Bona Fide Masks™ is the EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR for Powecom® in the United States & Canada! Manufacturer: Guangzhou Powecom Labor Insurance Supplies Co., LTD.

Is KN95 mask a medical mask? ›

Non-medical KN95 Mask. A respiratory protection mask specifically designed to protect you from non-oily airborne pollutants.

Is KN95 considered a respirator? ›

OSHA now considers KN-95 filtering face piece respirators due to the COVID 2019 Pandemic. Though they are not NIOSH approved OSHA has adopted CDC guidance effective January 28, 2022 and consider them equivalent to N-95 (also called dust masks) as true respirators.

Can N95 masks have ear loops? ›

Legitimate N95 masks never have ear loops; instead they have a pair of elastic bands that go around the back of the head. This typically creates a tighter seal than the ear loops characteristic of KN95s and KF94s.

Are KN95 masks from Hope Health Supply legitimate? ›

Ideal for daily use at home, work, travel, or trips to the supermarket and gym, our KN95 face masks are FDA registered, genuine, and made in accordance with industry standards. The 5-layer foldable mask has up to 95% filtration efficiency of non-oily suspended particles of 0.3-micron levels.

How many times can I wear a disposable mask? ›

Disposable masks should be thrown away after they're worn once.

Can N95 masks be washed and reused? ›

And since N95 masks can't be washed, they should be thrown away once you can no longer use them. The AP is answering your questions about the coronavirus in this series.

How long can you wear a full face respirator? ›

Typically, cartridges should be changed out when you feel a higher resistance in breathing or after approximately 8 hours of use. The respirator needs to be stored in a plastic bag, out of sunlight, and kept from temperature extremes.

What are 5 commonly counterfeited items? ›

Top 9 Most Counterfeited Products in America
  1. Handbags and wallets: $700.2 million.
  2. Watches and jewelry: $502.8 million. ...
  3. Consumer electronics and parts: $145.9 million. ...
  4. Apparel and accessories: $116.2 million. ...
  5. Medicines and personal care: $79.6 million. ...
  6. Footwear: $54.9 million. ...
  7. Computer and accessories: $47.7 million. ...
27 Sept 2022

What are examples of counterfeit goods? ›

Some of the most common examples of counterfeit goods include counterfeit handbags, clothing, accessories, perfumes, and electronics. However, the most commonly seized counterfeit goods are athletic shoes, specifically, from brands like Nike and Adidas.

How do I check if an item is original? ›

Go through these telltale signs that can help you identify an original from a counterfeit, and make sure you are not taken for a ride.
  1. Unreal discounts. ...
  2. Flimsy packaging. ...
  3. Grammatical & spelling mistakes. ...
  4. Fake websites. ...
  5. Poor quality of products. ...
  6. Omissions & mismatch. ...
  7. Flawed fonts, logos. ...
  8. No contact details.
3 Jul 2017

Can barcode be fake? ›

Sometimes, we can be faced with a fake EAN barcode without knowing it. Whether due to an error or fraud, it is possible that it reaches our hands because it is purchased or is already printed on the product.

Do face masks expire if unopened? ›

Disposable face masks will have a best-by date on their packaging, just like food items. While this date will probably be a few years away, it's still important to use the masks before this date for the best protection.

What masks are being recalled? ›

Reason for Recall

Philips Respironics (Philips) is recalling certain Amara Full Face, DreamWisp Nasal, DreamWear Full Face, Wisp and Wisp Youth Nasal, and Therapy Mask 3100 masks due to a serious safety concern. The recalled masks have magnetic headgear clips to hold them in place.

What are the three types of respirators? ›

Air-purifying respirators (APRs)

FFRs are disposable respirators that cover the nose and mouth. EHMRs are reusable respirators and cover the nose and mouth. Elastomeric full facepiece respirators are reusable and cover the nose, mouth, and eyes.

Can you reuse KN95 masks? ›

Mask Rotation

Rotate and use a different KN95 mask every day so you do not wear the same mask more than once every 72 hours. Note: If following this rotation, KN95 masks may be reused as long as they do not become wet, visibly soiled or deformed, causing them to not fit well anymore.

Are 3M N95 masks niosh-approved? ›

"3M's N95 respirators are NIOSH-approved and filter out at least 95% of airborne particles, including those that may contain viruses."

What brands of masks are niosh-approved? ›

7 NIOSH-Approved N95 Masks You Can Buy Online Right Now:

Best Breathable: 3M Aura Particulate Respirator. Best Secure Fit: Harley N95 Respirator Face Mask. Best for Comfort: Honeywell Surgical N95 Respirator. Best for Long Wear: DemeTECH NIOSH N95 Respirator Face Mask.

Can you put N95 masks in the oven to disinfect? ›

A study led by Stony Brook University researchers discovered that a readily available method using dry ovens can be used to disinfect N95s for reuse, in settings where new masks may not be available. Their findings are published in PLOS ONE.

Do N95 masks expire? ›

Nevertheless, despite passing a specified date, the material may remain effective for its intended purpose. With regard to N-95 respirators, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance that expired respirators may be used and considered effective.

How do you decontaminate an N95 mask? ›

Respirators are decontaminated using vaporized hydrogen peroxide. This decontamination method is approved by 3M the manufacturer, FDA and Health Canada to decontaminate N95 respirators.

How do you tell if N95 mask is authentic? ›

The easiest way to tell if your N95 is NIOSH approved is to search for it on the NIOSH Certified Equipment List (CEL). All NIOSH- approved respirators have a testing and certification (TC) approval number (e.g., TC 84A-XXXX), which must be printed on the respirator.

What N95 masks are made in the USA? ›

LUVMED® is a series of US Made N95 respirators and facemasks manufactured by Aidway in California. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our N95 respirators can be used by healthcare professionals according to the U.S. FDA's Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

Where is Drager N95 made? ›

MADE IN THE USA: This high-quality N95 respirator mask combines German engineering and highest US production standards. The masks are produced in our production facility in PA.

Which mask is better KN95 or N95? ›

Only N95 masks are approved for healthcare use in the U.S. KN95 masks have many of the same protective properties. CDC recommends that people be cautious about purchasing KN95 in the U.S. because many are fake and do not meet NIOSH requirements. N95 respirators are single-use, disposable devices.

How long can you wear a KN95 mask? ›

You can use your mask as long as breathing remains comfortable. When it becomes soiled, please throw it away in the normal trash. To keep your mask clean between uses, store your mask in a paper bag for 48 hours before wearing again. You can wear a plastic face shield to prevent your mask from becoming soiled.

Are N95 and KN95 masks the same? ›

N95 Mask Distribution

An N95 means the mask has been rated to filter at least 95 percent of airborne particles it encounters. The masks have also been manufactured to form a seal on the wearers face. They can be referenced as a disposable respirator, dust mask, N95, KN95, FFR, etc.

Where can I find NIOSH approved KN95? ›

Look for the NIOSH stamp of approval

There should be an approval number on the filtering respirator and "NIOSH" must be spelled correctly. Both the mask and its packaging should be labeled "NIOSH-approved," Dr. Stella Hines, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, says.

What agency approves KN95 masks? ›

This MOU granted NIOSH the authority to approve surgical N95 filtering facepiece respirators.

What is the difference between P2 and KN95? ›

The Difference between the N95 and the P2 classification for Respirator face masks is the N95 is the NiOSH (USA testing requirements.) and the P2 represents the EC (European testing requirements). In practice these differences have resulted in no impact on the level of protection to the wearer.

What happens to respirators that fail inspection? ›

Respirators that fail an inspection must be removed from service and replaced. Before using a respirator, the wearer must perform a positive and negative pressure check. The wearer must ensure current facial condition will allow an effective seal (for example the wearer must be clean shaven).

Are Costco kn95 NIOSH approved? ›

Costco N95 Masks Product Features:

NIOSH Approved – Approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Tight Face-to-Mask Seal – Mask seals to face to reduce air leakage. Polypropylene Filtration – Face mask delivers N95 Filtration or ≥95% filtration to 0.3 microns.

When checking respirator cartridges What three things must be checked? ›

Is there more than one contaminant (i.e. a mixture or more than one chemical is present)? Is the airborne contaminant a gas, vapor or particulate (mist, dust or fume)? Are the airborne levels below or above the exposure limit, or are they above levels that could be immediately dangerous to life or health?

Do KN95 masks meet US standards? ›

Respirators that Meet International Standards

Other examples include 1st, DL2, DL3, DS2, DS3, FFP2, FFP3, KN100, KP95, KP100, P2, P3, PFF2, PFF3, R95, and Special. About 60% of KN95 respirators NIOSH evaluated during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021 did not meet the requirements that they intended to meet.

What does KN95 rating mean? ›

N95 Mask Distribution

An N95 means the mask has been rated to filter at least 95 percent of airborne particles it encounters.

Are KN95 masks worth it? ›

KN95 masks

It offers more protection than a medical mask does because it filters out both large and small particles when the wearer inhales. However, be cautious when buying a KN95, as many fake masks are sold that don't meet quality requirements.

Do you have to replace KN95 masks? ›

Mask Rotation

Rotate and use a different KN95 mask every day so you do not wear the same mask more than once every 72 hours. Note: If following this rotation, KN95 masks may be reused as long as they do not become wet, visibly soiled or deformed, causing them to not fit well anymore.

Are all N95 masks respirators? ›

Surgical N95 Respirators are commonly used in healthcare settings and are a subset of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs), often referred to as N95s.

Is a KF94 as good as a KN95? ›

That's why some people use KF94 masks, the Korean version of an N95 mask. These masks differ slightly from N95s and KN95s but offer high-level protection against COVID-19.

Is KN95 easier to breathe in? ›

KN95 and KF94 masks also protect

But be mindful of “masks with valves that make them easier to breathe through,” she said. That's because “they don't filter the air the wearer breathes out and are not recommended.”

Why do surgeons wear masks? ›

Face masks are worn by all operating room personnel when treating patients susceptible to infections as in neurosurgery, vascular, and orthopedic procedures involving implants and regional anesthesia procedures (e.g. , spinal or epidural). Face masks are also used to protect staff from contamination.

How can I reuse my N95 mask? ›

3M N95 Guidance
  1. N95 respirators can be reused until they are dirty, damaged, or difficult to breathe through. ...
  2. If a strap or nose clip is broken, they should be torn, dirty, or otherwise damaged, then you should dispose of them.
  3. Always wash your hands before and after handling your respirator.
2 Feb 2022

Do N95 masks have ear loops? ›

Legitimate N95 masks never have ear loops; instead they have a pair of elastic bands that go around the back of the head. This typically creates a tighter seal than the ear loops characteristic of KN95s and KF94s.

Can a N95 mask be sterilized in a microwave? ›

The materials include water, a glass container, mesh, a rubber band, and a 1,100- or 1,150-watt microwave. The researchers filled the container with 60 milliliters of water, then secured the mesh material over the top of it with a rubber band. They then placed the N95 mask on the mesh and microwaved it for 3 minutes.

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