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Technology FDA approves Battelle’s process to decontaminate N95 face masks

16:16  30 march  2020
16:16  30 march  2020 Source:   theverge.com

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved the limited use of a process that would clean much-needed N 95 protective face masks and allow them to be reused, the agency But the FDA is restricting the number of masks that Battelle can decontaminate with its process to 10,000 per day.

Battelle is currently processing N 95 respirator masks for OhioHealth and will begin processing Healthcare systems that wish to use Battelle CCDS™ will collect worn respirator masks daily in In that FDA study VPHP decontamination , using the same system parameters and critical end points

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a process that would clean much-needed N95 protective face masks and allow them to be reused, the agency said in a release. Columbus-Ohio based Battelle uses a “vapor phase hydrogen peroxide” process to decontaminate the masks being used by healthcare providers and others to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Battelle says its Critical Care Decontamination Systems could decontaminate up to 80,000 masks per day.

  FDA approves Battelle’s process to decontaminate N95 face masks © Photo by James Black/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Late Sunday night following criticism from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, the FDA lifted its restriction on the number of masks Battelle can decontaminate with its process. DeWine said on Twitter he had appealed to President Trump to lift the initial limit of 10,000 masks per day. The president later tweeted “Hope the FDA can approve Mask Sterilization equipment quickly.”

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The Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) has approved a sterilization system that has the capability of decontaminating desperately needed respirator Hope the FDA can approve Mask Sterilization equipment ASAP. As per Governor @MikeDeWine, there is a company in Ohio, @ Battelle , which has

Battelle announced today that it has begun rapid manufacturing of a system to decontaminate N 95 respirator masks and other medical protective equipment. Each Battelle CCDS Critical Care Decontamination System™ is capable of decontaminating up to 80,000 masks per day at full

Several hours later, the FDA changed its emergency use authorization for Battelle’s process from “partial” to “full.”

N95 respirators are disposable, snug-fitting face masks that can keep virus-laden droplets away from a wearer’s mouth and nose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that the masks’ effectiveness is “highly dependent upon proper fit and use.”

UPDATE March 30th, 8:55AM ET: Adds FDA’s lifting of restrictions on the number of masks Battelle can decontaminate in a day.

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