What should we know about the N95 and KN95 masks in Canada?
KN95 masks recalls in Canada
Based on the testing conducted by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), and other laboratories, Health Canada has determined that certain respirators that do not meet performance standards may pose a health and safety risk to users when used in a setting that requires 95% filtration.
Health Canada has deemed this a Type 2 risk, meaning, the use of (or exposure to) a recalled device may cause temporary adverse health consequences, or where there is not a significant probability of serious adverse health consequences. These medical devices can only be distributed in Canada if they are re-labelled as face masks for use in settings where 95% filtration is not required.
Health Canada has asked companies to voluntarily recall/relabel, along with any associated distributors or importers who have confirmed to be importing or distributing the products in Canada and have initiated a recall under section 64 of the Medical Device Regulations.
If you want to buy KN95 masks, make sure check if certain products are on the recall list. Even though these KN95 masks can be re-labelled as ordinal face masks, you'd better not buy these non-qualified KN95 masks.
Counterfeit N95 Masks
Counterfeit respirators include products that are falsely marketed and sold as being NIOSH-approved and may not be capable of providing adequate respiratory protection for consumers, including healthcare professionals.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) - National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information on how to verify the authenticity of N-95 masks, including examples of commonly counterfeited N-95 masks.
If you want to purchase N95 masks, make sure check the guidance provided on the NIOSH website to help you identify counterfeit products.
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