National Framework for Personal Protective Equipment Conformity Assessment - Infrastructure. [open pdf - 1MB]
"This Framework is the product of collaboration among the NIOSH [National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health] representatives and a broad cross-section of members of the PPE [personal protective equipment] community. This group's multi-year effort; (1) identified and analyzed national and international conformity assessment programs and requirements, (2) investigated injury and enforcement surveillance databases, (3) researched and gathered PPE standards, and (4) developed a risk-based approach to conformity assessment resulting in this Framework. [...] The recommendations in this document are intended to serve as foundational principles for various types of conformity assessment programs for occupational PPE. They are not requirements for how these programs must, or will , function. Conformity assessment activities should be tailored to the needs of product users, suppliers, and regulatory authorities. They should result in products that protect workers who rely on PPE; facilitate trade, fair competition, and market access; be cost-effective; and provide assurance of conformance."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/