Nelson Labs offers a comprehensive set of tests for surgical face masks and general-use medical masks. These tests are essential to ensuring performance properties are validated to support marketing label claims and to classify these mask types.
For CE marking submissions, additional tests may be required depending on label claims.
Summary of face mask tests for ASTM2100:
- Bacterial or Viral Filtration Efficiency (BFE/VFE) with differential pressure
- Flammability test
- Particle filtration efficiency: Latex particle challenge
- Synthetic blood fluid penetration resistance for face masks (link)
Additional tests to consider for surgical face masks:
For masks that require respirator precertification (e.g., NIOSH N95), please see the Respirator Precertification test page.
- ASTM 2100
- ISO 10993