FDA Revises Which Types of Respirators Can Be Decontaminated for Reuse
June 16, 2020
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reissued its emergency use authorizations (EUAs) allowing decontamination and reuse of respirators in response to shortages driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Not all respirators are created equal, however, as they tend to vary in their design and performance. Testing has revealed that certain respirators are not appropriate for decontamination, including some respirators from China and respirators that have exhalation valves. These are still safe to use once, but may no longer be decontaminated and reused.
As before, decontaminated respirators should only be used when new respirators are not available. Review the FDA’s press release for links to EUAs and other details.