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HHS/CDC RIN: 0920-AA69 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
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, lightweight PAPRs specific for healthcare use. Accordingly, NIOSH is issuing 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 
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 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period Extended  08/26/2020  85 FR 52488   
Interim Final Rule Comment Period Extended End  09/25/2020 
Final Action  08/00/2021 
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