Respiratory Protective Equipment

ICS Laboratories is a leading source for accredited third-party conformity assessment of respiratory protective equipment. ICS tests respirators, filters, cartridges and their many associated devices and accessories to a wide range of US (NIOSH), European (EN) and Australian (AS/NZS) standards. Our capabilities are extensive and range from disposable half-mask filtering face piece respirators to specialized equipment designed to protect against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear respiratory hazards (CBRN).

ICS Laboratories’ scope of accreditation offers the most extensive coverage of respirator test protocols published by the CDC of any independent conformity assessment body. ICS is accredited to perform over 75 NIOSH standard test procedures, spanning the complete range of respiratory protective devices (FFP/N95, APR, PAPR, SAR, SCBA and SCSR).  Our test reports are accepted by NIOSH as pre-submittal performance data. Pre-submittal test results are required by NIOSH as part of their approval process for respiratory PPE intended to be marketed, sold, or distributed in the US for occupational use.

In addition to supporting the needs of occupational respiratory safety, ICS’s speciality in this area extends to the assessment of products that are crucial to global health and safety.  ICS offers testing to the most authoritative standards for respiratory protection and other PPE items that have been globally endorsed as fundamental containment efforts for the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.   ICS offers accredited testing according to standard methods as well as client specifications for half mask respirators, face masks, and other barrier coverings, including face shields.  For NIOSH approval applications, CE certification, ASTM F3502 Barrier Face Covering conformity tests and custom performance verification based on the tests described in those methods, like batch clearance testing, contact our technical team.


ICS Labs’ expertise in this area offers its clients endorsed test reports containing reliable data and results for globally relevant standard test method and performance requirements for respiratory protection.