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HHS/CDC RIN: 0920-AA69 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Approval Tests and Standards for Air-Purifying Particulate Respirators 

Although respirator manufacturers have made significant technical advances in Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) design, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) regulatory requirements for industrial use units limit the introduction of smaller, light-weight PAPRs specific for healthcare use. Accordingly, NIOSH proposes to issue alternative regulatory requirements for PAPRs intended to meet the special needs of healthcare workers, thereby providing respirator manufacturers with more product design options to address the needs of this market.

Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 42 CFR 84   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 91-596    Pub. L. 61-179    Pub. L. 91-173   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  04/14/2020  85 FR 20598   
Interim Final Rule Effective  04/14/2020 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  08/12/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Rachel Weiss
Program Analyst
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1090 Tusculum Avenue, MS C-48,
Cincinnati, OH 45226
Phone:855 818-1629