B.C. launches first accredited PPE testing lab in Western Canada (flickr.com)

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Ministry of Health

250 952-1887 (media line)

April Penney

Communications Leader
Vancouver Coastal Health
604 290-7482


Vancouver Coastal Health PPE testing laboratory

Lab accreditation

  • Tests offered by the Vancouver Coastal Health Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Testing Laboratory are accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), one of Canada’s national accreditation providers.
  • The SCC provides accreditation to international standards to organizations, indicating competency in performing specific tasks. Accreditation is awarded based on internationally recognized standards.

Current tests

  • The VCH PPE testing laboratory has received SCC accreditation to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17025 – General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration for the following tests: 
  • N95 NaCl Particulate Filtration Testing (TEB-APR-STP-0059)
  • N95 Quantitative Fit Testing (CSA Z94.4-18 Section 9, Annex C)
  • Surgical/Isolation Gown Water Impact Testing (AATCC TM42-2017e)
  • Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles (16 CFR Part 1610)
  • N95 inhalation and exhalation resistance (NIOSH TEB-APR-STP-0007 and NIOSH TEB-APR-STP-0003)
  • Resistance to penetration by synthetic blood (ASTM  F1862/F1862M-17)
  • Test Method for Water Resistance: Hydrostatic Pressure (AATCC - TM127)

PPE certification

  • Testing results from the PPE testing lab meet all regulatory requirements for PPE certification from national and international organizations, such as the CSA Group, NIOSH and Health Canada.

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