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Certified Product Investigation Process (CPIP) - FY11

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  • To maintain the quality of NIOSH Certified respiratory protective devices used in the field by investigating and resolving reports of product nonconformance issues in a timely manner.
  • Respond to all reports of nonconforming respirators.
  • Evaluate corrective actions taken by approval holders to ensure conformance to the criteria listed in 42 CFR, Part 84.

Applicable Standards

  • None

Key Partners

  • NFPA
  • IAFF
  • SEI
  • MSHA
  • OSHA
  • FDA
  • EPA


  • Respirator Users
  • Enforcement Agencies
  • Emergency Responders
  • Respirator manufacturers worldwide - # of new manufacturing codes issued since 2004 - 2010:
    • Total -79
    • US -32
    • Non -47

Project Scope

  • Communicate and interact with manufacturers and distributors world-wide.
  • Respond to various levels of demand.
  • Establish and enforce accountability for nonconformances.


  • None


  • 3 Firefighter reports generated
  • 26 CPIP investigations completed
  • 7 User Notices issued
  • 10 NIOSH Approvals rescinded
  • 3 Stop-sale requests
  • Major field investigation resulted in expanded surveillance program.


  • Ensure that NIOSH approved respiratory devices continue to meet or exceed the criteria on which the approval was based.
  • Improved respirator components.
Page last updated: August 15, 2011
Page last reviewed: August 15, 2011
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
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