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Personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to protective clothing, helmets, gloves, face shields, goggles, facemasks and/or respirators or other equipment designed to protect the wearer from injury or the spread of infection or illness.

  • PPE is commonly used in health care settings such as hospitals, doctor’s offices and clinical labs
  • When used properly, PPE acts as a barrier between infectious materials such as viral and bacterial contaminants and your skin, mouth, nose, or eyes (mucous membranes)
  • When used properly and with other infection control practices such as hand-washing, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and covering coughs and sneezes, it minimizes the spread of infection from one person to another
  • The FDA regulates surgical masks and surgical N95 respirators differently based on their intended use.

Ventilators, anesthesia gas machines, other respiratory devices, and their accessories, are needed to support COVID-19 patients.

FDA intends to work interactively with manufacturers to facilitate distribution of their products through current Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

All FDA-cleared N95 respirators are labeled as “single-use,” disposable devices.


N95 respirators intended for use in a health care setting during procedures to protect both the patient and health care personnel from the transfer of microorganisms, body fluids, and particulate material, are regulated under product code MSH, class II medical devices exempt from 510(k) Premarket Notification.

There are several exceptions.

N95 Not Exempt from Premarket Notification 510(k)?

■ intended to prevent specific diseases or infections
■ labeled or otherwise represented as filtering surgical smoke or plumes, filtering specific amounts of viruses or bacteria, reducing the amount of and/or killing viruses, bacteria, or fungi, or affecting allergenicity
■ contains coating technologies unrelated to filtration (reduce and or kill microorganisms).

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Under the Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA), medical device companies pay fees to the FDA when they register their establishments and list their devices.

$5,236.00 | Establishment Registration, annual
(FY 2020).

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FDA is using Dun & Bradstreet Inc to conduct verification of medical device facility information provided to the agency by registered and listed medical device manufacturers.