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  • FDA Issues Warning Against 10 Face Mask Brands, Plus Complete List Of Approved Masks

    Be vigilant of face masks being sold in the market.
    by Czainnah Gajito .
FDA Issues Warning Against 10 Face Mask Brands, Plus Complete List Of Approved Masks
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  • Even as new cases of COVID-19 continue to decline in the country daily, another threat looms. Omicron, a new variant of the coronavirus, has been detected in different South African and European countries. It has caused other nations, including the Philippines, to impose travel bans on tourists entering from these countries.

    While the new variant has not been detected yet in the country, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said that it is “a matter of when,” Omicron will arrive. Face shields remain optional, but face masks are a must to keep ourselves well-protected against the virus.

    FDA issues public health warning on face mask brands

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to notify the public on face masks that have not yet received a Product Notification Certificate from their agency. The certificate ensures the quality and safety of the items as they have undergone FDA’s strict evaluation process.

    If an item has not been certified for public use, they are tagged as “unnotified” and must not be sold, bought, or used until it has been authorized by the FDA.

    Face mask brands that have not been certified for public use are as follows:

    The AideLai face mask, commonly sold online, markets itself as a disposable protective mask that can filter PM (particulate matter) 2.5 pollutants. But according to the FDA, they cannot assure the quality and safety of the brands above as they have not gone through the evaluation process.

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    FDA-approved face masks in the Philippines

    The FDA regularly updates a list of registered face masks that are specifically designed for medical use. These comply with global regulatory requirements.

    As of August 4, 2021, there are 175 face mask brands approved by the FDA:

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    To check whether the face mask you bought is FDA-approved, visit their website at www.fda.gov.ph for the updated list. If you see the above brands still being sold online or in marketplaces, you may report them to www.fda.gov.ph/ereport.

    Be wary of counterfeit COVID-19 test kits and medical devices. Click here for FDA's public health warning.

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