Counterfeit N95 Respirators
An announcement on counterfeit N95 respirators was issued from the CDC.
NIOSH is aware of counterfeit N95 respirators on the market and encourages buyers to beware when purchasing N95 respirators.
There are standard ways of determining whether a respirator is approved by NIOSH. The approval markings on the respirator are one indicator. Recently a respirator was brought to the attention of NIOSH and could be easily identified as not approved. The TC number and private label holder (KOSTO) in the approval markings on the front of the respirator are valid, but NIOSH is misspelled.
How can you be sure your respirator is truly NIOSH-approved? Check the respirator approval markings on the front of the respirator and query the Certified Equipment List to verify approval.
You can check the Certified Equipment List by performing a quick search or by submitting a query on the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) page
Additional information is available on the NIOSH Trusted Source Page http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/topics/respirators/disp_part/respsource.html
As NIOSH becomes aware of counterfeit respirators or those misrepresenting the NIOSH approval on the market, they will post them here