Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval

When NIOSH becomes aware of counterfeit respirators or those misrepresenting NIOSH approval on the market, we will post them here to alert users, purchasers, and manufacturers.

Always verify that the brand of respirator is listed either in NIOSH’s list of manufacturers or as a private label company.

The NIOSH publication 2013-138 “Respirator Awareness: Your Health May Depend on It” provides additional information to look for when verifying your respirator is truly NIOSH-approved.

These are examples of counterfeit respirators using Shanghai Dasheng Health Products Manufacture Co. Ltd’s (SDH) NIOSH approval number, TC-84A-4329, without their permission. Please note these respirators have ear loops. The NIOSH-approved SDH model does NOT have ear loops. These respirators are not NIOSH approved. (3/31/2020)

These are examples of counterfeit respirators using Shanghai Dasheng Health Products Manufacture Co. Ltd’s (SDH) NIOSH approval number, TC-84A-4329, without their permission. Please note these respirators have ear loops. The NIOSH-approved SDH model does NOT have ear loops. These respirators are not NIOSH approved. (3/31/2020)

This is an example of a counterfeit respirator. Raxwell is not a NIOSH approval holder or private label holder. They are using Shanghai Dasheng Health Products Manufacture Co. Ltd’s (SDH) NIOSH approval number, TC 84A-4329, without their permission. (3/31/2020)

This is an example of a counterfeit respirator. Raxwell is not a NIOSH approval holder or private label holder. They are using Shanghai Dasheng Health Products Manufacture Co. Ltd’s (SDH) NIOSH approval number, TC 84A-4329, without their permission. (3/31/2020)

These are examples of counterfeit respirators. Ironwear filtering facepiece respirators with model numbers 1505 and 1510, are NOT NIOSH approved. (3/19/2020)

These are examples of counterfeit respirators. Ironwear filtering facepiece respirators with model numbers 1505 and 1510, are NOT NIOSH approved. (3/19/2020)

Not NIOSH-Approved respirator and approval memo

This is an example of a counterfeit respirator. Medicos is selling an N95 respirator using the Moldex approval number and label without Moldex’s permission. Medicos is not a NIOSH approval holder or private label holder. (3/12/2020)

Yark and kaku N95 masks that are not NIOSH approved

This is an example of a misrepresentation of the NIOSH-approval. Yark is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. Additionally, respirators from the box include the CE (European) approval mark and NIOSH N95. This is not an acceptable format for a NIOSH-approved respirator. (3/5/2020)

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The Guangzhou Weini Technology & Development Co., Ltd. (GWT) respirator with model number K320 is not NIOSH-approved. GWT respirator approvals were rescinded in 2009. Please refer to our user notice for additional information. GWT respirators bearing any NIOSH approval number listed on the user notice is NOT NIOSH-approved. (2/10/2020)

Burvagy respirator mask - Not NIOSH-Approved

There are no markings on the face of the respirator. (11/6/2019)

Burvagy respirator masks for kids - Not NIOSH-Approved

NIOSH does not approve any type of respiratory protection for kids. (11/6/2019)

Burvagy respiratory mask - Not NIOSH-Approved

There are no markings on the face of the respirator. (11/6/2019)

Webreath respirator masks - Not NIOSH-Approved

This product is not NIOSH-approved. Look at the markings on the front. The logo is wrong, there is no approval number (TC-84A-xxxx). (11/6/2019)

Blue respirator - Not NIOSH-Approved

This product is not NOSH approved. No NIOSH logo or approval number on the face of the product. (11/6/2019)

White respirator - Not NIOSH-Approved

This product is not NOSH approved. No NIOSH logo or approval number on the face of the product. (11/6/2019)

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Images here are examples of counterfeit respirators. These respirators are being sold as if they are NIOSH-approved even though the manufacturer, Anhui Tongcheng YaGe Health Materials, Co., Ltd, is not listed as a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (10/23/2019)

PitBull Safety Products are not a NIOSH approval holders
Example of misrepresentation of the NIOSH-approval. PitBull Safety Products is not a NIOSH approval holder
Example of misrepresentation of the NIOSH-approval. PitBull Safety Products is not a NIOSH approval holder
These are examples of misrepresentation of the NIOSH-approval. PitBull Safety Products is not a NIOSH approval holder. (10/07/2019)

Example of misrepresentation of the NIOSH-approval.  Vogmask® is not a NIOSH approval holder.

This is an example of misrepresentation of the NIOSH-approval. Vogmask® is not a NIOSH approval holder. This wording is misleading and not accurate: With premium technologies and designs for best particle filtering results, our NIOSH certified Vogmask® is a reusable superior everyday face mask that protects one from dust, fine particulate matters (PM), pollen, air pollution, such as smog and smoke … from https://www.vogmask.ca/external icon  (10/07/19)

Figure 7 is an example of two counterfeit respirators. Valpro Safety is selling the Ranger 821 and Ranger 821V respirators using the 3M approval number (TC-84A-007) and label without 3M's permission. (6/19/19)

This is an example of two counterfeit respirators. Valpro Safety is selling the Ranger 821 and Ranger 821V respirators using the 3M approval number (TC-84A-007) and label without 3M’s permission. (6/19/19)

Figure 6 is an example of a counterfeit respirator

This is an example of a counterfeit respirator. Pacifico Salud SAC is selling units using the Suzhou Sanical Protection (SSP) approval number (TC-84A-6766) and label without SSP’s permission. Additionally, there are two errors on the respirator package. The first error is that they claim the N95 respirator is 96% efficient. The second error is located in the bottom right corner of the package where is states the respirator is manufactured by Benehal China, who is not a NIOSH approval holder. (1/4/2019)

Figure 5 is an example of a counterfeit respirator - NT-V2 Nano Bi-Directional respirator.

This is an example of a counterfeit respirator. The NT-V2 Nano Bi-Directional respirator is being advertised as if it is NIOSH-approved, including a NIOSH approval number. While the TC number (TC 84A-0427) is valid, it does not belong to Pasture Pharma. Instead, TC 84A-0427, is an approval number for a 3M full facepiece respirator with cartridges.

Example or respirator that is not NIOSH-approved

This respirator is being sold as if it is NIOSH-approved, even though the manufacturer, FitSeal, is not listed as a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (2/19/2019)

example of misrepresentation of the NIOSH-approval - ViraMask N99ESC

This is an example of misrepresentation of the NIOSH-approval. All approvals for Wein Products (WPI) were rescinded in 2011. However, the manufacturer’s website continues to state the ViraMask N99ESC is certified by NIOSH. View the user notice announcing the rescission.

an example of a counterfeit N95 Respirator

This is an example of a counterfeit N95 Respirator that was brought to NIOSH’s attention. While the TC number and private label holder are valid, this unapproved unit can be identified by the misspelling of NIOSH on the front of the respirator.

Not NIOSH approved - Zubi-Ola respirator, without value

 

Not NIOSH approved - Zubi-Ola respirator, with value

These are examples of counterfeit respirators. These respirators are being sold as if they are NIOSH-approved even though the manufacturer, Zubi-Ola, is not listed as a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder.


Check the respirator approval markings (graphic below) or the Certified Equipment List to verify your respirator is NIOSH-approved. Additional information is available on the NIOSH Trusted Source page.

Example of the Correct Exterior Markings on a NIOSH-Approved Filtering Facepiece Respirator

Sample of a generic filtering facepiece respirator with appropriate markings.
Page last reviewed: April 1, 2020