How to verify trusted suppliers and buy authentic Surgical N95 respirators, NIOSH-approved N95 respirators, KN95, Surgical Masks, Medical Gowns, Medical Gloves, and Other PPE — PPE Connector

  • How to evaluate vendors, manufacturers, and suppliers
  • How to evaluate for Third-Party participants
  • How to evaluate Surgical N95 respirators
  • How to evaluate NIOSH-approved N95 respirators
  • How to evaluate non-NIOSH approved respirators under the EUA
  • Additional CDC guidelines
  • How to evaluate Surgical Masks
  • How to evaluate Medical Gowns
  • How to evaluate Medical Gloves
  • How to evaluate other PPE
  • Additional EU CE regulations
  • OPEN PPE Marketplace for sellers and buyers: PPEConnector.com

How to evaluate vendors, manufacturers, and suppliers

  1. Name: First and Last
  2. Email: (business email — NO Yahoo, Gmail, Outlook, AOL, Hotmail, iCloud, @163, @126, @qq, @sina, etc…)
  3. Business name:
  4. Address:
  5. Phone:
  6. Linkedin:
  7. Website:
  8. Sales catalog
  9. Price list — FOB and CIF shipping terms
  10. Quantity of stock available
  11. Amount of production capacity available
  12. Shipping time
  13. Payment terms
  14. Include all certificates and photos
  15. Factory and Produce level certification
  16. Up to the last 3 shipments or deals with end-users (hospitals, government, NGO):
  17. Standard Operating Procedure & Terms
  18. Proof FDA registered manufacturer
  19. History of company: How long manufacturing products
  20. Do you offer samples?

How to evaluate for Third-Party participants

  1. Financial strength of intermediary: financial statement, balance sheet
  2. History with other end-users
  3. Contract: provision to protect purchase if product authenticity or quality issue: manufacturer and third party financially guarantee if issues

How to evaluate Surgical N95 respirators

  • Manufacture website for notices about counterfeit or recall
  • 3M hotline: 800–426–8688
  • FDA at 1–800–638–2041

How to evaluate NIOSH-approved N95 respirators

  • NIOSH-approved: CDC at 1–800-CDC-INFO (1–800–232–4636)
  • FDA at 1–800–638–2041

How to evaluate non-NIOSH approved respirators under the EUA

Additional CDC guidelines

  • Must have minimum and maximum Filtration Efficacy (%) of 95% and above.
  • Visually verify products match pics sent by sellers using the PDFs
  • Mask differences (letters):
  • N95: non resistant to oil
  • R95: somewhat resistant to oil
  • P95: strongly resistant to oil
  • Mask differences (numbers):
  • N95: filters at least 95% of airborne particles
  • N99: filters at least 99% of airborne particles
  • N100: filters at least 99.97% of airborne particles

How to evaluate Surgical Masks

How to evaluate Medical Gowns

  1. Level 1: Minimal risk, to be used, for example, during basic care, standard isolation, cover gown for visitors, or in a standard medical unit
  2. Level 2: Low risk, to be used, for example, during blood draw, suturing, in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), or a pathology lab
  3. Level 3: Moderate risk, to be used, for example, during arterial blood draw, inserting an Intravenous (IV) line, in the Emergency Room, or for trauma cases
  4. Level 4: High risk, to be used, for example, during long, fluid intense procedures, surgery, when pathogen resistance is needed or infectious diseases are suspected (non-airborne)
  1. AATCC 42–2017: Measures resistance of fabrics to the penetration of water by impact (AATCC, 2018)
  2. AATCC 127–2017: Measures resistance of fabric to the penetration of water under hydrostatic pressure (AATCC, 2017)
  3. ASTM F1670–17: Evaluate resistance of materials used in protective clothing to penetration by synthetic blood under conditions of continuous liquid contact (ASTM, 2017)
  4. ASTM F1671–13: Measure penetration by blood-borne pathogens using a surrogate microbe under conditions of continuous liquid contact (ASTM, 2013)
  • Tensile Strength: ASTM D5034, ASTM D1682
  • Tear resistance: ASTM D5587(woven), ASTM D5587 (nonwoven), ASTM D1424
  • Seam Strength: ASTM D751 (stretch woven or knit)
  • Lint Generation (ISO 9073 Part 10)
  • Water vapor transmission (breathability) ASTM F1868 Part B, ASTM D6701 (nonwoven), ASTM D737–75

How to evaluate Medical Gloves

How to evaluate other PPE

EU CE Regulation

  • Is the CE mark present on the product marking/labelling?
  • If present on the product, is the CE mark in the correct font and at least 5mm high?
  • For products, including respirators and chemical protective clothing, is the CE mark accompanied by a 4-digit number? (e.g. CE 0120)
  • Were written instructions for use provided within the product?
  • Are the instructions for use printed in the clear and legible text?
  • Is the name and address of the manufacturer detailed on the user instructions?
  • Does the certificate clearly contain the notified body’s name and number (4 digits)?
  • Is the notified body from within the EU? There are a few non-EU notified bodies and therefore caution should be taken?
  • Does the certificate show signs of tampering i.e. differing fonts and sizes, colour changes etc?
  • Does the certificate contain a date and notified body signature? (generally an individual)
  • Does the certificate have its terms and conditions included?
  • Does the certificate show a clear description of the product, including model references, specifications, and test references?
  • Does the certificate state that it is an EC type-examination certificate?
  • Does the certificate include a manufacturer’s name and address?
  • If a validity period is stated on the certificate, is it still current?

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