Ontario, Canada – Kinectrics has successfully received ISO 17025 accreditation from the Standards Council of Canada to perform tests to ASTM F2100, Standard Specification for Performance of Materials Used in Medical Face Masks.

All testing is performed in-house at our Toronto facility with a standard turnaround time of 10 days.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the unprecedented demand for medical personal protective equipment (PPE) that it brought, Kinectrics stepped up to support Canada’s growing need for medical and respiratory PPE testing. Until recently, nearly all North America’s PPE testing services had been completed in the United States. Kinectrics is now the only testing laboratory that completes all components of the medical face mask testing in Canada (see full scope of accreditation here).

“Congratulations team; I am very proud of the way we stepped up to have the testing facilities set up and accredited in record time. It makes a difference to the availability of PPE in Canada.” David Harris – Kinectrics’ President and CEO

“We are happy to provide First in Canada Services; our lab was the first commercial accredited provider of alpha dosimetry services, the first commercial licensed provider of active laundering services, and now we are the first accredited commercial provider for full-scope ASTM F2100 medical face masks testing performed at our Toronto facility. We strive to use our knowledge and expertise to support the Canadian economy and industry. This was an exciting project that also allowed us to support our communities during these difficult times. Full credit goes to my team for making this happen” Amy Gottschling – Kinectrics’ VP

The ASTM F2100 specification includes the conduct of tests for: ASTM F2101 (Bacterial Filtration Efficiency), ASTM F1862 (Resistance to Blood Penetration), ASTM F2299 (Sub-micron particulate filtration), EN14683:2019 Annex C (Differential Pressure), 16 CFR Part 1610 (Flammability). Kinectrics has also established testing of NIOSH-Type respirator testing (e.g., N95, or KN95 masks) in accordance with 42 CFR Part 84 which includes particulate filtration efficiency and inhalation/exhalation resistance.

For more information, visit our Kinectrics’ medical PPE testing page.

About Kinectrics

Kinectrics is the category leader in providing lifecycle management services for the electricity industry. Trusted by clients worldwide, our expertise in engineering, testing, inspection, and certification is backed by our independent laboratory and testing facilities, a diverse fleet of field inspection equipment and an award-winning team of over 1,100 engineers and technical​experts. From initial design and type testing to operational deployment and maintenance services, Kinectrics collaborates closely with customers to ensure that utility assets perform safely, reliably and efficiently throughout their entire lifecycle.​ ​Learn more at www.kinectrics.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.