COVID-19: Disinfection of N95 Single-Use Filtering Facepiece Respirators

Refer to the ministerial directive before applying the recommendations (in French only).

The elements of responses presented here are based on the information available at the time of writing this evaluation. Given that the situation and knowledge surrounding the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) as well as the authorizations issued by Health Canada for new disinfection technologies for N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) are evolving, the elements covered and the conclusions and recommendations in this document are subject to change. Health care facilities must therefore verify that the technologies, at the time of their use, are still authorized by Health Canada under the Interim Order for COVID-19 (Health Canada, 2021a). In case of conflicting information between the manufacturer's instructions and the studies cited in this document or any other study, the manufacturer's instructions shall take precedence.

This document is intended for decision makers, managers and clinical personnel involved in medical device reprocessing (MDR). It presents the technologies approved by Health Canada in the COVID-19 context as well as a promising - although as yet unauthorized - option for disinfecting N95 FFRs.