N95 and KN95 masks are called Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFR) otherwise known as disposable respirators. While we constantly hear about N95 masks in the US, China makes use of an equivalent mask: the KN95 respirator. The CDC outlines a number of different masks from around the world that are deemed to be equivalent to the US standard N95 masks:
|Country||Performance standard||Acceptable product classifications||Standards / Guidance documents||Protection Factor >= 10|
|Australia||AS/NZS 1716:2012||P3, P2||AS/NZS 1715:2009||YES|
|Brazil||ABNT/NBR 13698:2011||PFF3, PFF2||Fundacentro CDU 614.894||YES|
|China||GB 2626-2006||KN100, KP100, KN95, KP95||GB/T 18664—2002||YES|
|Europe||EN 149-2001||FFP3, FFP2||EN 529:2005||YES|
|Japan||JMHLW-2000||DS/DL3, DS/DL2||JIS T8150: 2006||YES|
|Korea||KMOEL-2017-64||Special, 1st||KOSHA GUIDE H-82-2015||YES|
|Mexico||NOM-116-2009||N100, P100, R100, N99, P99, R99, N95, P95, R95||NOM-116||YES|
|US NIOSH Requirements||NIOSH approved, 42 CFR 84||N100, P100, R100, N99, P99, R99, N95, P95, R95||OSHA 29CFR1910.134||YES|
The code GB2626-2006 is a standard designation that allows other countries to recognize that these masks have been tested to standards that are of "equivalent or similar protection to NIOSH-approved respirators" of the N95.
This empowers us to act quickly in order to meet demand in the face of diminishing supply during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Learn more from the CDC
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