NIOSH Reopens Comment Period on Fentanyl-Protective Products in PPE Database

The reopened comment period is for the agency's invitation to manufacturers to take part in an expansion of the PPE-Info database by adding products that protect against fentanyl exposure.

NIOSH has reopened the comment period for its invitation to manufacturers to take part in an expansion of the PPE-Info database by adding products that protect against fentanyl exposure. Materials related to the expansion and the NIOSH notice are available at https://www.regulations.gov at docket number CDC-2018-0085.

The agency now wants electronic or written comments expressing willingness to participate to be submitted by April 1; the prior deadline was Nov. 19, 2018. NIOSH published a notice saying the comment period is being reopened at the request of interested parties.

The PPE-Info database is a collection of national PPE information. The database provides PPE standards-setting organizations, manufacturers, suppliers, purchasers, and end users with the ability to conduct searches of relevant standards, associated product types, target occupational groups, basic conformity assessment specifications, and additional pertinent information.

NIOSH is expanding the PPE-Info Database as a tool to connect existing protection standards with relevant PPE information for protection against fentanyl and its analogues. This new aspect of the NIOSH PPE-Info Database will allow end users to find products that are compliant (as confirmed by manufacturer) with the protection standards outlined by the CDC Fentanyl PPE Guidance; the objective is to include information about all PPE types associated with the CDC Fentanyl PPE Guidance as the information becomes available. NIOSH will develop individual Memoranda of Understanding with PPE manufacturers to facilitate the sharing of product information. The primary focus of the collaboration with an individual manufacturer will be to obtain manufacturer product information to be collected and displayed in the NIOSH PPE-Info Database and the verification, by the manufacturer, of product information displayed in the NIOSH PPE-Info Database.

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