FAQ ABOUT KN95 FACE MASK REQUIREMENTS FROM THE FDA
Q- ARE THE N95 APPROVED BY THE CDC?
A- Yes, click here and refer to Shanghai Dasheng Health Products Manufacturing Company number 84A-4329
Q- ARE YOUR KN95 Masks FDA APPROVED?
A- We are FDA registered. Click here to view our products on the FDA website. WENZHOU SHENYUAN Medical Equipment CO. LTD
Q- ARE YOU ON THE FDA’S UPDATED EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION LIST for KN95 Face Masks?
A- No, we never applied. However, we are in the process of applying which may take up to 3 weeks. click here to view the approved list of KN95 Mask Sellers.
Q- WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ON EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION LIST?
A- The above-described authorized respirators listed in Appendix A, like the 3M 9001 particulate respirator mask, when labeled as described in this letter, are authorized to be distributed to and used in healthcare settings by HCPs when used in accordance with CDC’s mask recommendations under this EUA, despite the fact that they do not meet certain requirements otherwise required by applicable federal law. Click here and see Appendix A. Please see page 5 for further details.
Q- WERE YOU ON THE OLD LIST OF APPROVED KN95 MASKS AND TAKEN OFF?
A- No, we were never on the old list. Click here to view the old list of approved masks.
Q- HOW CAN I BE SURE THESE KN95 MASKS ARE SAFE TO USE?
A- See the test results HERE.
Q- WHY ARE YOUR PACKAGES MARKED NON-MEDICAL DEVICE?
A–Click here to see the enforcement policy for N95 Face Mask Guidance. See page 5. ( B. Face Masks, Face Shields, and N95 Respirators Not Intended for Medical Purpose.)
Q – IS THERE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A KN95 AND A N95 FACE MASK?
A-Based on this comparison from 3M, it is reasonable to consider China KN95, AS/NZ P2, Korea 1st Class, and Japan DS FFRs as “equivalent” to US NIOSH N95 and European FFP2 respirators, for filtering non-oil-based particles such as those resulting from wildfires, PM 2.5 air pollution, volcanic eruptions, or bioaerosols (e.g. viruses). However, prior to selecting a respirator, users should consult their local respiratory protection regulations and requirements or check with their local public health authorities for selection guidance. Here is an article from the FDA:
Q – CAN RESPIRATORS APPROVED UNDER STANDARDS USED IN OTHER COUNTRIES, SUCH AS KN95, BE USED?
A-Yes. The FDA is working diligently to mitigate any potential shortages in the supply chain and taking action to assure health care personnel on the front lines have sufficient supplies of respiratory protective devices. The FDA concluded, based on the totality of scientific evidence available, that certain imported respirators that are not NIOSH-approved are appropriate to protect the public health or safety.
On March 24, 2020, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for importing non-NIOSH-approved N95 respirators. Under this EUA, among other criteria, the FDA accepts marketing authorization from Australia, Brazil, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Mexico who have similar standards to NIOSH. The FDA did not list KN95 respirators in this EUA because of concerns about fraudulent products listed as KN95. On April 3, 2020, in response to continued respirator shortages, the FDA issued a new EUA for non-NIOSH-approved N95 respirators made in China, which makes KN95 respirators eligible for authorization if certain criteria are met, including evidence demonstrating that the respirator meets certain standards.
The FDA also issued guidance outlining a policy to help expand the availability of general use face masks for the general public and respirators for health care professionals during this pandemic. The guidance applies to KN95 respirators as well. It explains that for the duration of the pandemic, when FDA-cleared or NIOSH-approved N95 respirators are not available, the FDA generally would not object to the importation and use of respirators without an EUA, including KN95 respirators. Although not required, if a KN95 respirator does not have an EUA, the FDA encourages importers to take the appropriate steps to verify the product’s authenticity prior to importing.
The FDA has adjusted its import screening to further expedite imports of legitimate products and is continually monitoring its import systems to prevent and mitigate any potential issues. The FDA is ready and available to engage with importers to minimize disruptions during the importing process.
International Respirator Assessment Request – KN95
On February 29, 2020, CDC published guidance Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators. This guidance provides Crisis Alternate Strategies that includes the option: “Use of respirators approved under standards used in other countries that are similar to NIOSH-approved N95 respirators.”