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NIOSH/NPPTL Respirator Manufacturers Meeting, August 24 – 26, 2010

Letter to All Respirator Manufacturers

Issue Date: April 13, 2010

From: Heinz Ahlers, Chief, Technology Evaluation Branch, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory

Subject: NIOSH/NPPTL Respirator Manufacturers Meeting, August 24 – 26, 2010

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), and China Medical University, Taiwan are co-hosting a meeting for respirator manufacturers, August 24-26, 2010 at the China Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan. Manufacturers and other interested parties are welcome to attend. This meeting will provide an excellent opportunity for respirator manufacturers who do not currently have NIOSH-certified respirators but are interested in learning more about how to submit products for testing and certification.

There will be time available for respirator manufacturers to schedule private appointments with NPPTL personnel to discuss certification issues or any other related topics. If you are interested in meeting with NPPTL personnel, please email to schedule an appointment. There will also be a scheduling sheet to reserve any remaining private appointments at the registration table on the first day of the meetings.

Formal presentations will begin at 9:00 a.m. on August 24, 2010. The power point slides will be in both English and Chinese.

NPPTL personnel will be presenting the following topics:

  • Overview of NIOSH
  • Respirator Certification Process Detail
  • Documentation Supporting the Application Process
  • Quality Assurance Overview
  • Sampling
  • Site Audits/Product Audits
  • Testing Overview
  • Certified Product Investigations Program (CPIP)
  • Private Labeling/Private Packaging

NPPTL personnel will also present the following topics at breakout workshops:

  • Testing of Filtering Facepiece Respirators
  • Quality Assurance Systems and Documentation
  • Fit Testing/User Instructions
  • Standard Application Procedure

A formal agenda, including the presentations from China Medical University Taiwan, will be posted on the NIOSH/NPPTL website.

Advance registration is recommended if you plan to attend this meeting. You can register electronically or by downloading the Adobe PDF version of the registration form, scanning, and sending it by email to or by faxing the form to 412-386-4051.

If you need further information, or have any questions or concerns, please contact the NPPTL, Technology Evaluation Branch, Telephone 412-386-4000, Fax 412-386-4051, or E-mail

NIOSH/NPPTL Respirator Manufacturers Meeting, August 24 – 26, 2010 [PDF – 47 KB]