Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval

Updated September 9, 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.

More Tips to Spot Counterfeit Respirators

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

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. AP Mascarillas is not a NIOSH approval holder or private label assignee. AP Mascarillas is marketing product using the NIOSH logo, but their respiratory protective devices are NOT NIOSH approved.

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. AP Mascarillas is not a NIOSH approval holder or private label assignee. AP Mascarillas is marketing product using the NIOSH logo, but their respiratory protective devices are NOT NIOSH approved. (9/9/2021)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Sobmex is marketing numerous filtering facepiece respirators with NIOSH listed on the technical specifications sheet, but Sobmex is not a NIOSH approval holder or private label assignee. Sobmex respirators are NOT NIOSH approved.

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Sobmex is marketing numerous filtering facepiece respirators with NIOSH listed on the technical specifications sheet, but Sobmex is not a NIOSH approval holder or private label assignee. Sobmex respirators are NOT NIOSH approved. (9/9/2021)

Moaron is NOT a NIOSH approval holder and they are misrepresenting product as meeting NIOSH approval.

Moaron is NOT a NIOSH approval holder and they are misrepresenting product as meeting NIOSH approval. The product listing claims the filter “meets NIOSH P100-series.” NIOSH only approves whole respirator configurations, not individual components. The Moaron 2091 P100 filter is NOT a component associated with a NIOSH approval. Additionally, it is incorrectly being advertised that it is compatible with other NIOSH-approved products. If this filter is used in place of the filter component associated with the NIOSH-approved respiratory protective device (RPD), it will void the NIOSH approval. (9/9/2021)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Pure&Safe is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label assignee.  The Pure&Safe 5 Layered Reusable Anti-Pollution N95 Face Mask with Activated Carbon Filter is not NIOSH approved.

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Pure&Safe is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label assignee. The Pure&Safe 5 Layered Reusable Anti-Pollution N95 Face Mask with Activated Carbon Filter is not NIOSH approved. (5/26/2021)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. U-SAFE is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label assignee. U-SAFE models B120 and B130 N95 particulate respirator are not NIOSH approved.

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. U-SAFE is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label assignee. U-SAFE models B120 and B130 N95 particulate respirator are not NIOSH approved. (4/30/2021)

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Osprey is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label assignee. The Osprey N95 particulate respirator is not NIOSH approved.

This is an example of a misrepresentation of a NIOSH approval. Osprey is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label assignee. The Osprey N95 particulate respirator is not NIOSH approved. (4/21/2021)

EPC Product, LLC is misrepresenting product manufactured by their company as NIOSH-approved product.  Models sold by EPC, including but not limited to, PT-N95F-01, PT-N95C-02, and PT-N95CS-02 are NOT NIOSH-approved.  EPC Product LLC is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder.

EPC Product, LLC is misrepresenting product manufactured by their company as NIOSH-approved product. Models sold by EPC, including but not limited to, PT-N95F-01, PT-N95C-02, and PT-N95CS-02 are NOT NIOSH-approved. EPC Product, LLC is not a NIOSH approval holder or a private label holder. (3/26/2021)

Lutema Brand is misrepresenting the 5-Layer M95i Face Mask as NIOSH-approved.  Lutema is not a NIOSH approval holder or private label holder. Lutema Brand masks are not NIOSH-approved.

Lutema Brand is misrepresenting the 5-Layer M95i Face Mask as NIOSH-approved. Lutema is not a NIOSH approval holder or private label holder. Lutema Brand masks are not NIOSH-approved. (3/23/2021)

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)

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: September 9, 2021