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Part B: Supplementary Information Sheet (SIS)
FR Recognition List Number 038 Date of Recognition 01/27/2015 
FR Recognition Number 6-335
Standard
ASTM F2101-14
Standard Test Method for Evaluating the Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) of Medical Face Mask Materials, Using a Biological Aerosol of Staphylococcus aureus
Scope/Abstract
1.1 This test method is used to measure the bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE) of medical face mask materials, employing a ratio of the upstream bacterial challenge to downstream residual concentration to determine filtration efficiency of medical face mask materials.

1.2 This test method is a quantitative method that allows filtration efficiency for medical face mask materials to be determined. The maximum filtration efficiency that can be determined by this method is 99.9%.

1.3 This test method does not apply to all forms or conditions of biological aerosol exposure. Users of the test method should review modes for worker exposure and assess the appropriateness of the method for their specific applications.

1.4 This test method evaluates medical face mask materials as an item of protective clothing but does not evaluate materials for regulatory approval as respirators. If respiratory protection for the wearer is needed, a NIOSH-certified respirator should be used. Relatively high bacterial filtration efficiency measurements for a particular medical face mask material does not ensure that the wearer will be protected from biological aerosols since this test method primarily evaluates the performance of the composite materials used in the construction of the medical face mask and not its design, fit or facial sealing properties.

Extent of Recognition
Complete standard
Rationale for Recognition
This standard is relevant to medical devices and is recognized on its scientific and technical merit and/or because it supports existing regulatory policies.
Transition Period
FDA recognition of ASTM F2101-14 [Rec# 6-335] will be superseded by recognition of ASTM F2101-19 [Rec# 6-428]. FDA will accept declarations of conformity, in support of premarket submissions, to [Rec# 6-335] until December 27, 2020. After this transition period, declarations of conformity to [Rec# 6-335] will not be accepted.
Public Law, CFR Citation(s) and Procode(s)
Regulation Number Device Name Device Class Product Code
§878.4040 Mask, Surgical Class 2 FXX
§878.4040 Respirator, Surgical Class 2 MSH
Relevant FDA Guidance and/or Supportive Publications
Surgical Masks - Premarket Notification [510(k)] Submissions; Guidance for Industry and FDA, Issued March 2004.
FDA Technical Contact
 Ramesh K. Panguluri
  FDA/OMPT/CDRH/ODE/DAGID/INCB/
  301-796-6303
  ramesh.panguluri@fda.hhs.gov
Standards Development Organization
ASTM ASTM International http://www.astm.org/
FDA Specialty Task Group (STG)
General Plastic Surgery/General Hospital
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