Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators: Crisis/Alternate Strategies

CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/respirators-strategy/crisis-alternate-strategies.html

Use of respirators approved under standards used in other countries that are similar to NIOSH-approved N95 respirators

Reference: KN95 approve respirators
Other countries approve respirators for occupational use and approve respirators to these standards. These products are evaluated using some methods similar to those used by NIOSH, and some methods that are different, but are expected to protect HCPs. These respirators are expected to provide protection to workers. Those with equivalent or similar protection to NIOSH-approved respirators may be available to provide respiratory protection to workers exposed to harmful airborne particulate matter. These devices are expected to be suitable alternatives to provide protection during the COVID-19 response when supplies are short. The country, conformity assessment standards, acceptable product classifications, standards and guidance documents, and protection factor determination are provided in alphabetical order. All of these respirators have protection factors of at least 10 in the countries listed below, as outlined in the standards and guidance documents specified.

All of these respirators have protection factors of at least 10 in the countries listed below, as outlined in the standards and guidance documents specified.