Respirator Approval Information
Updated May 3, 2021
How to apply for NIOSH Respirator Approval
NIOSH is prioritizing applications as described in the Conformity Assessment Letter to Manufacturers, NIOSH CA 2021 -1032. During the response, it may take longer to respond to requests for a new manufacturers code or to provide the additional information about the NIOSH Respirator Approval Program’s application procedures. Applicants should review NIOSH CA 2021-1034 for guidance on NIOSH’s review process.
The first step in the approval process is for the entity that controls the design or manufacturing of the respirator to request a Manufacturer’s Questionnaire from RecordsRoom@cdc.gov.
After completing this questionnaire, NIOSH will review the information provided and, if the responses are satisfactory, assign a 3-letter manufacturer code. This code does not imply NIOSH approval; however, you must obtain this code before you can submit a formal respirator approval request.
Once you obtain a manufacturer code, NIOSH will send you the Standard Application Form to submit a single approval request for a new respirator. All required documentation (including the Quality Manual), test samples and appropriate fees, as detailed in the Standard Application Procedures must be provided. Links to the Standard Application Procedures are below.
NIOSH 42 CFR Part 84, Approval of Respiratory Protective Devicesexternal icon
This rule addresses NIOSH approval requirements for respiratory protective devices.
Standard Application Procedures (SAP)
- SAP for the Approval of Closed-Circuit Escape Respirators Under 42 CFR Part 84pdf icon [PDF – 1.02 MB], dated October 16, 2018
- SAP for the Approval of Supplied-Air Respirators, Industrial Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, and Combination Supplied-Air Respirators/Industrial Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuspdf icon [PDF – 1.5 MB], dated March 12, 2018
- SAP for the Approval of Powered Air-Purifying Respirators and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Powered Air-Purifying Respiratorspdf icon [PDF – 1.05 MB], dated March 12, 2018
- SAP for the Approval of Air-Purifying Respirators and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Air-Purifying Respiratorspdf icon [PDF – 1.85 MB], dated March 12, 2018
- SAP for the Approval of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuspdf icon [PDF – 1.5 MB], dated March 12, 2018
- SAP for the Approval of Air-Purifying Filtering Facepiece Respiratorspdf icon [PDF – 1.12 MB], updated March 12, 2018.
NOTE: Applicants should review the entire document and contact the Records Room at RecordsRoom@cdc.gov or 412-386-4000 with any questions before submitting a respirator for approval.
Respirator Certification Fees Final Rule effective May 26, 2015
Respirator Certification Fees, Questions, and Answerspdf icon [PDF – 126 KB], June 15, 2015
Standard Testing Procedures
Standard Testing Procedures (STPs)
Each respirator and component submitted for approval must meet the applicable requirements outlined in 42 CFR Part 84 subparts H through L. The standard testing procedures used by NIOSH are listed in this section.
Policy Supporting the Collection of NIOSH Approval Feespdf icon [PDF – 58 KB]
This policy document is intended to provide specific implementation guidance and interpretation to support fee collections in accordance with the requirements of Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations (42 C.F.R.), Part 84, Subpart C–Fees.
Long-term Field Evaluation Policypdf icon [PDF – 69 KB]
This policy document is intended to clarify the application of Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations (42 CFR) § 84.310, “Post-approval testing,” paragraph (c), by offering a more precise explanation of the tests the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) expects to perform in fulfillment of this requirement.
Colors for Respirator Element Labeling, dated January 17, 2008
The color coding requirements of labels for canisters and cartridges as a means for secondary identification.
Respirator Certification Program Decision Review Processpdf icon [PDF – 593 KB], dated January 30, 2008
A structured process that enables stakeholders to request a review of decisions regarding NPPTL policy statements, test procedures, and test results pertaining to ongoing respirator certification activities.