Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval

Updated February 26, 2021

Counterfeit respirators are products that are falsely marketed and sold as being NIOSH-approved and may not be capable of providing appropriate respiratory protection to workers.
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.

How to identify a NIOSH-approved respirator:

NIOSH-approved respirators have an approval label on or within the packaging of the respirator (i.e. on the box itself and/or within the users’ instructions). Additionally, an abbreviated approval is on the FFR itself. You can verify the approval number on the NIOSH Certified Equipment List (CEL) or the NIOSH Trusted-Source page to determine if the respirator has been approved by NIOSH. NIOSH-approved FFRs will always have one the following designations: N95, N99, N100, R95, R99, R100, P95, P99, P100.

Signs that a respirator may be counterfeit:

  • No markings at all on the filtering facepiece respirator
  • No approval (TC) number on filtering facepiece respirator or headband
  • No NIOSH markings
  • NIOSH spelled incorrectly
  • Presence of decorative fabric or other decorative add-ons (e.g., sequins)
  • Claims for the of approval for children (NIOSH does not approve any type of respiratory protection for children)
  • Filtering facepiece respirator has ear loops instead of headbands

Check the respirator approval markings using the Example of Correct Exterior Markings on a NIOSH-Approved Filtering Facepiece Respirator graphic.

Additional Tips for Spotting Counterfeit Respirators Before You Buy

Note – Below the most recent listings are additional counterfeit respirators.

SS Paper Convertors is misrepresenting protective masks as NIOSH-approved.  SS Paper Convertors is not a NIOSH approval holder or private label holder.  La’ Forte brand masks are not NIOSH-approved.

SS Paper Convertors is misrepresenting protective masks as NIOSH-approved. SS Paper Convertors is not a NIOSH approval holder or private label holder. La’ Forte brand masks are not NIOSH-approved. (2/26/2021)

Zhengzhou Ruipu Medical Technology Co., Ltd. is misusing NIOSH test information regarding RUIPU RIPE DOCTORS KN95.

Zhengzhou Ruipu Medical Technology Co., Ltd. is misusing NIOSH test information regarding RUIPU RIPE DOCTORS KN95. The product package indicates it meets Chinese standard GB 2626-2006 and was submitted to NIOSH under an International Respirator Assessment request. It is being marketed using results from the assessment. As stated on the NIOSH website, these results are not to be used by manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and importers to make claims about their products and/or to influence purchasers and cannot be used to make claims that the product meets NIOSH approval requirements. Zhengzhou Ruipu Medical Technology Co., Ltd. is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (2/18/2021)

Chengde Technology Co., Ltd. is misusing NIOSH test information regarding WWDOLL model CD9501B KN95 Foldable Protective Masks.

Chengde Technology Co., Ltd. is misusing NIOSH test information regarding WWDOLL model CD9501B KN95 Foldable Protective Masks. The product package indicates it meets Chinese standard GB 2626-2019 and was submitted to NIOSH under an International Respirator Assessment request. It is being marketed using results from the assessment. As stated on the NIOSH website, these results are not to be used by manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and importers to make claims about their products and/or to influence purchasers and cannot be used to make claims that the product meets NIOSH approval requirements. Chengde Technology Co., Ltd. is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (2/18/2021)

Raxwell model RX9501P N95 is being misrepresented as a NIOSH-approved product.

Raxwell Industrial Technology Co., Ltd. is misusing NIOSH test information regarding Raxwell model RX9501 KN95 Face Masks. The product package indicates it meets Chinese standard GB 2626-2006 and was submitted to NIOSH under an International Respirator Assessment request. It is being marketed using results from the assessment. As stated on the NIOSH website, these results are not to be used by manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and importers to make claims about their products and/or to influence purchasers and cannot be used to make claims that the product meets NIOSH approval requirements. Additionally, Raxwell model RX9501P N95 is being misrepresented as a NIOSH-approved product. Raxwell Industrial Technology Co., Ltd. is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (2/18/2021)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH-approved product. Products labeled TENAMYD FM and sold by Clean Life 360 are NOT NIOSH approved.  (2/4/2021)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH-approved product. Products labeled TENAMYD FM and sold by Clean Life 360 are NOT NIOSH approved. (2/4/2021)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of NIOSH approved product. Zelbuck is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. Respirators and replacement cartridges and filters marked as Zelbuck are NOT NIOSH approved.

This is an example of a misrepresentation of NIOSH approved product. Zelbuck is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. Respirators and replacement cartridges and filters marked as Zelbuck are NOT NIOSH approved. (12/21/2020)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Yamada Safety First is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. Yamada brand masks, including models 5241 and 8242, are not NIOSH approved. (12/3/2020)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Yamada Safety First is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. Yamada brand masks, including models 5241 and 8242, are not NIOSH approved. (12/3/2020)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Neither Pangolin nor Pangocare is a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. Pangocare models MSKP4001 and MSKP4002 are not NIOSH approved.  (12/3/2020)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Neither Pangolin nor Pangocare is a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. Pangocare models MSKP4001 and MSKP4002 are not NIOSH approved. (12/3/2020)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Model TY 0424 is not NIOSH approved. Xiantao Fushi Protective Products Co., Ltd. is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (11/5/2020)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Model TY 0424 is not NIOSH approved. Xiantao Fushi Protective Products Co., Ltd. is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (11/5/2020)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. DUKAL is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (10/22/2020)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. DUKAL is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (10/22/2020)
*UPDATE — On December 18, 2020, Shanghai Dasheng Health Products Manufacture Co., Ltd issued a user notice for select lots of the DUKALTM N95 respirator.

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH-approved product. Products labeled as ECO Solutions NIOSH N95 are NOT NIOSH approved. (9/29/2020)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH-approved product. Products labeled as ECO Solutions NIOSH N95 are NOT NIOSH approved. (9/29/2020)

NIOSH has been notified that Valmy model VRN95 is being misrepresented as NIOSH approved. This model has not been NIOSH approved since 2017. The product being sold is no longer compliant to the NIOSH approval. (8/25/2020)

NIOSH has been notified that Valmy model VRN95 is being misrepresented as NIOSH approved. This model has not been NIOSH approved since 2017. The product being sold is no longer compliant to the NIOSH approval. (8/25/2020)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. INSAFE is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (8/25/20)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. INSAFE is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (8/25/20)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH-approved product. Products labeled as DermaCare or Espomega, with model numbers HY8710, HY8812, and HY8816, are NOT NIOSH approved. (8/7/2020)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH-approved product. Products labeled as DermaCare or Espomega, with model numbers HY8710, HY8812, and HY8816, are NOT NIOSH approved. (8/7/2020)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Intech Safety Pvt. Ltd. is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (8/7/2020)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Intech Safety Pvt. Ltd. is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (8/7/2020)

View Additional Counterfeit Respirators Listed in 2020 and 2019

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: February 26, 2021