Are KN95 Respirators and N95 Respirators the same?

Are KN95 Respirators and N95 Respirators the same?

The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) cites the N95 respirator standard as part of the advised protective equipment in their Covid-19 FAQ and their SARS guidance (SARS being a similar type of Corona virus). Which suggests that an N95 or better respirator is acceptable.

The CDC also states the the KN95 Respirator is equivalent and approved to use as an alternative to N95 Respirators. 3M also stated that the KN95 Respirator is equiovalent to the N95 model. CDC Link here. 3M link here




Respirators Approved Under Standards Used in Other Countries That Are Similar to NIOSH-Approved N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators
Country Performance Standard Acceptable Product Classification May Be Used in Lieu of NIOSH-Certified Products Classified as
Australia AS/NZS 1716:2012 P2 N95
P3 N99 or lower
Brazil ABNT/NBR 13698:2011 PFF2 N95
PFF3 N99 or lower
People’s Republic of China GB 2626-2006

GB 2626-2019

KN/KP95 N95
KN/KP100 N95
Europe EN 149-2001 P2 N95
P3 N99 or lower


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