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Virtual Course - Review of Regulatory Requirements and Classifications of Respirators and Medical Masks
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT
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Am I Using the Right Mask?
How to Understand Regulatory Requirements and Classifications of Facemasks and Respirators 

$245 Members
$345 Non-members


Course Introduction
This course will help the audiences gain a fundamental understanding of the medical mask and respirator industry. It will also provide must-know information about usage, regulatory, and test methods. It is an excellent course for anyone who aspires to learn more than the basic information about medical masks and respirators. It is especially useful for those who are interested in this market as this course will provide the information needed to make an informed decision regarding the possible market entry.

Who Should Attend
Manufacturers of filter media of various types (e.g. textiles and non-wovens)

Learning Objectives - After completing this course, the learning will understand

  • Medical Mask and Respirator
  • Classification
  • Requirements
  • Test Methods

Course Outline/Chapters

  • Review of Different Classification Types of Medical Masks and Respirators
  • Primary Regulatory Agencies
  • Medical Masks
    Intended Use and Limitations, Regulations, Industry Requirements, Test Methods, and Minimum Performance Expectations
  • Respirators
    Intended Use and Limitations, Regulations, Industry Requirements, Test Methods, and Minimum Performance Expectations
  • Unites States COVID-19 Response and Interim Requirements


  • Medical Masks
  • Mask
  • N95s
  • Surgical Masks
  • Respirators
  • Industrial Standards
  • ASTM
  • AAMI
  • NSF

Matthew McGarrity


Matthew McGarrity has been in testing, inspection, and certification for over ten years and specializes in regulatory, industry, and quality requirements.  His areas of focus are respirators and medical PPE such as gowns, gloves and surgical masks.

Matt attended Pennsylvania State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Energy, Business and Finance.  He is a member of standard development organizations and group which publish and maintain medical device specifications and related methods such as:

  • ASTM International (Committee F15 Consumer Products & F23 Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment)
  • AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
  • AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorist), and 
  • NSF (National Science Foundation)