NIOSH Conformity Assessment Letter to Manufacturers
Subject: Updated Information for NIOSH-Approval Holders having Public Health Emergency (PHE) Approvals issued during the COVID-19 Response, and the NIOSH action to obsolete (phase out) these PHE approvals
Supersedes NIOSH CA 2021-1036
NIOSH CA 2022-1045
Between May and November 2020, NIOSH issued limited, temporary Public Health Emergency (PHE) approvals for N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) and powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) to address supply shortages during that time.
In July 2021, NIOSH reminded PHE approval holders that these approvals are limited and temporary and will be revoked when the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration ends.
Because there are adequate supplies of NIOSH-approved respirators in the United States, NIOSH is immediately obsoleting (phasing out) the remaining PHE approvals. Obsoleted respirators are no longer permitted to be manufactured by the approval holder but can continue to be sold, used, and recognized as NIOSH approved until the approval is revoked or rescinded.
Approval holders may rescind a PHE approval by emailing the NIOSH Approval Program to identify the approval number to be rescinded.
Approval holders may submit a new approval application to obtain a conventional NIOSH approval. An application for a new NIOSH approval must be submitted and approved by NIOSH through the respirator approval process described in 42 CFR Part 84, NIOSH Conformity Assessment Notice NIOSH CA 2021-1034R1, and the NIOSH Standard Application Procedures.
The table provided below clearly identifies the obsoleted PHE FFRs and PAPRs and the PHE approval holders. Respirator users should also reference the information provided in NIOSH CA 2022-1044 when making decisions about respirator selection and use.
|OBSOLETED PHE FFR APPROVALS and APPROVAL HOLDERS|
|TC-84A-PH01||General Motors Company|
|TC-84A-PH04||General Motors Company|
|TC-84A-PH05||Ford Motor Company|
|TC-84A-PH08||General Motors Company|
|TC-84A-PH10||ThermoPore Materials Corporation|
|TC-84A-PH11||ThermoPore Materials Corporation|
|TC-84A-PH12||ThermoPore Materials Corporation|
|TC-84A-PH13||ThermoPore Materials Corporation|
|TC-84A-PH14||ThermoPore Materials Corporation|
|TC-84A-PH15||Protective Health Gear, Inc.|
|TC-84A-PH18||Outdoor Research, LLC|
|OBSOLETED PHE PAPR APPROVALS and APPROVAL HOLDERS|
|TC-21C-PH02||Ford Motor Company|
|TC-21C-PH04||American PAPR, LLC|
|TC-21C-PH05||AirBoss Defense Group, LLC|
|TC-21C-PH06||Hunter Engineering Company|
Seven other PHE approvals were previously rescinded by the approval holder or revoked by NIOSH. Revoked or rescinded respirators are not recognized as NIOSH-approved and cannot be used in workplace settings where the use of NIOSH-approved respirators is required.
|RESCINDED or REVOKED PHE APPROVALS and APPROVAL HOLDERS|
|TC-84A-PH03||Well Span Health||Rescinded 4/29/22|
|TC-84A-PH09||Outdoor Research, LLC||Rescinded 9/29/20|
|TC-84A-PH19||Plasticon Industries, LLC||Revoked 4/18/21|
|TC-84A-PH20||United States Mask, LLC||Rescinded 6/22/22|
|TC-21C-PH01||Whirlpool Corporation||Rescinded 5/25/21|
Reference Public Health Emergency Declarations for the most current Renewal of the Determination that a Public Health Emergency Exists Nationwide as the Result of the Continued Consequences of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic.
Letter from RADM Denise M. Hinton, FDA, to Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC, March 28, 2020, authorizing emergency use of NIOSH-approved air-purifying respirators for use in healthcare settings by HCP to prevent wearer exposure to pathogenic biological airborne particulates during FFR shortages resulting from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, pursuant to Section 564 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) (21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3)
NIOSH Conformity Assessment Notice (CA 2021-1034R1), June 2021, Summarized information about NIOSH Respirator Approval Program (i) Basic Application Procedures (ii) Quality Assurance Requirements and (iii) Supplier or Subcontractor Agreements
Standard Application Procedure for the Approval of Powered Air-Purifying Respirators and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Powered Air-Purifying Respirators Under 42 CFR Part 84, revised March 12, 2018, Section 3.1 and 3.2