#1 is the trust: If we trust FDA & CDC, then we trust US N95 If we trust the manufacturer, then we trust the stuff they make If we trust our partners, then we trust they are trying to help us If we trust science and data from CDC, then we judge CN95 may be… Continue reading #1 issue for N95 mask, what is that?
At the moment, EVERYONE is busy with their own problems. Very few agencies will have the capacity to help you. We would recommend you do your homework beforehand, and if you work with the people you trust, this is the time to test that relationship!
Chinese export regulations for PPE have changed many times since the beginning of the year, you need to check factory’s certificate and product test report, check product packaging and labels, make sure this product complies with both export and import country’s policy. You need to prepare full set of documentation for customs declaration. Find people… Continue reading I have heard there were lots of issues regarding exporting and importing of masks from China, what are the issues we should look out for?
The price is very high now, even though it is part of the supply-demand equation. The best you can do in this environment is to get a fair price. You have to deal with the manufacturer or the manufacturer’s authorized US agent, please avoid Chinese “bidding platforms”—most stuff there are fake. At the end of… Continue reading The prices are all over the place, what is the fair price to pay?
#1. Only go with CN95. We have a list of manufacturers in the www.astrochina.org website #2. Check the manufacturer extensively (similar to our 5-step DD process) #3. Get the sample #4. Work with people you trust!
Booming demands spawned many new manufacturers for masks, and in the market there are many different brands and fake goods. CDC lists some examples, but they are far from exclusive: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/usernotices/counterfeitResp.html There is no simple way to avoid bad and get good. Dr. Astro is a team with decades of experience in China medical… Continue reading Are there counterfeit/fake/scam, and how do we avoid them?
NO. See FAQ “#1 difference between N95 and KN95?” Furthermore, Chinese government issued its own regulation prohibiting masks such as KN95 from exporting for medical use: on 2020/4/1 three Chinese government Ministries, General Administration of Customs, the Ministry of Commerce, and MNPA (the Chinese FDA), jointly announced the new regulation that prohibits export of Masks… Continue reading We need masks for our doctors and nurses, are KN95 good to use?
They may look and feel different—most of the CN95 have ear loop rather than headband. Chinese regulation does not require the headband, and since ear loop is easy to put on and take off, and it feel better, it is more widely used. Selected manufacturers are in the process of applying US NIOSH, and they… Continue reading How do these masks compare with the mask we are used to?
Yes. See an example of the CN95 mask FDA records: http://N95.astrochina.org
NMPA (Chinese equivalent of FDA) has strict regulations and standard for Medical Protective Mask. The best alternatives are the Chinese N95: CN95. Chinese N95 has the standard called GB 19083, which technically is equivalent to NIOSH standard. But the most important is the certification agent: the Chinese equivalent of FDA (National Medical Products Administration; NMPA).… Continue reading Since we can’t get the mask we are used to, what are the alternatives?
There are 3 major categories we see in the US: US N95: N95. N stands for NIOSH. These are the “normal” N95 we previously use, but they are not currently available during the pandemic. China N95: CN95. Chinese N95 has the standard called GB 19083, which technically is equivalent to NIOSH standard. But… Continue reading #1 difference between N95 and KN95?