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  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Medical Devices

Face Masks, Including Surgical Masks, and Respirators for COVID-19

This page provides information on FDA-regulated face masks (including cloth face coverings), surgical masks, and respirators (filtering facepiece respirators, such as N95 respirators) intended for a medical purpose to assist in preventing the spread of infectious materials during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This page does not cover:

  • Powered respirators, such as powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs)
  • Face shields
  • Non-health care use of face masks and respirators intended to limit industrial or general exposure to non-infectious particles, such as during construction or other industrial use.

The information provided may be useful to manufacturers and importers of face masks, surgical masks, and respirators, as well as health care facilities and health care personnel.

To help expand the availability of face masks (including cloth face coverings), surgical masks, and respirators, the FDA is providing certain regulatory flexibility for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency, as described in the Enforcement Policy for Face Masks and Respirators During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (Revised), and has issued emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for face masks, surgical masks, and respirators that meet certain criteria. The FDA regularly updates its communications about face masks, surgical masks, and respirators, including the answers to frequently asked questions on this page.


On this page:


The Basics on Face Masks, Surgical Masks, and Respirators

Using Face Masks, Surgical Masks, and Respirators

Shortages of Face Masks, Surgical Masks, and Respirators During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Emergency Use Authorizations for Face Masks, Surgical Masks, and Respirators

Manufacturing and Importing Face Masks, Surgical Masks, and Respirators During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Purchasing or Donating Face Masks, Surgical Masks, and Respirators During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Reporting Shortages of or Problems with Face Masks, Surgical Masks, or Respirators

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