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What's the difference between N95 KN95 & FFP2 Face Masks?

At a quick glance the classification largely depends on the country:

• N95 - This is a classification for & from the United States (NIOSH-42CFR84)
• FFP2 - This is a classification from Europe (EN 149-2001)
• KN95 - This is a classification from China (GB2626-2006)
• P2 - This a classification from Australia/New Zealand (AS/NZA 1716:2012)
• Korea - This is a classification from Korea 1st class (Korea KMOEL - 2017-64)
• DS - This is a classification from Japan (JMHLW-Notification 214, 2018) 

Each of the above classifications & certifications for these protective face masks meet very similar and stringent government classifications and are expected to perform a very similar level.


Part of the testing of these protective face masks is about the flow rates. A flow rate is a test of inhalation paired with the exhalation resistance of the individual masks.

Each country has slightly different flow rate requirements but that does not affect the performance of protection that the masks offer merely a measurement of breathing resistance from country to country.

We recommend if you or a family member does have any respiratory issues that you contact your local GP and seek consultation before selecting any respirator face mask.

A protective face mask should not negatively affect your breathing so please ensure when using a respirator face mask that it is from a legitimate source and has the required CE or FDA approval clearly displayed on the packaging or mask.

KN95 face masks, N95 face masks & FFP2 masks all perform similarly and are almost identical.

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