The Chinese-certified KN95 mask is designed to almost the exact same standard as the N95 — which is certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health — yet is currently cheaper and far more abundant. Prices for 3M N95s have seen prices rise to $12 or more per mask, while KN95 masks are available for less than $2, according to importers and manufacturers’ marketing materials.

Until now, the FDA didn’t allow for importing KN95 masks, and importers risked their shipment getting stopped before getting through US customs. A little more than a week ago, the regulator authorized use of a variety of foreign-certified respirators as a substitute for scarce N95 masks on an emergency basis. That authorization came amid a growing public outcry over doctors and nurses forced to reuse respirators or even fashion masks from bandanas.

According to manufacturers, suppliers, and importers, as much as 80% of the world’s supply of all respirator masks of all types are manufactured in China, including US-certified N95 masks and those certified under European Union and other national standards. WarOnFlu (WOF) covers the differences in these standards of Mask here Comparison of KN95, FFP2, and N95 Face Mask, and multiple cases of counterfeit or nonfunctional masks labeled as N95 have been reported in recent weeks so it’s important to know how to spot a fake KN95 mask. See How To Tell If N95/KN95 Mask From China is Real or Fake

Now that these masks will be entering the US market it is more important than ever to know how to spot counterfeits of the KN95 standard being imported from China. They have knock-offs of their own products too, so importers need to beware. You should only use trusted sources in China that you have an established relationship of trust, who is knowledgeable in the manufacturing of mask or you should deal directly with the factory in China. Here is a list of every FDA approved mask factory to help find trusted sources for KN95 directly from China

Mask Suppliers for NIOSH-Approved N95 Particulate Filtering Facepiece Respirators Manufacturers
Listed Alphabetically Held to the same standards as KN95 mask 3M A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Below you will find links to information WarOnFlu provided before the FDA finally changed it’s position on allowing the import of KN95 Mask today. It is more important than ever that companies importing KN95 mask, and the consumers in America buying them understand what they are buying and from who as we depend on these patches of fiber strung around our heads to protect us!