March 30, 2020

Congressman Neguse Leads Members of the Colorado Delegation to Urge Expedited National Review of PPE Developed at Colorado Universities

Expedited assessment will provide additional personal protective equipment to frontline health care workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in Colorado

Washington D.C.—Today Representative Neguse led members of the Colorado Delegation in sending a letter to the directors of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) requesting expedited review of personal protective equipment (PPE) being developed at Universities in Colorado. The letter also requests the release of clear guidance on how universities can obtain expedited approval to certify release of tested PPE for distribution.

“The need to rapidly obtain and distribute PPE in response to the COVID-19 epidemic is urgent,” reads the letter. “In Colorado alone, countless hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities have seen their stock of PPE nearly or totally depleted and are therefore having to resort to sterilizing and recycling products meant for one-time use. The resources provided to Colorado from the Strategic National Supply fulfilled our health care industry’s needs throughout our state for only one day.”

“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado State University, University of Colorado, and other research universities in our state and across our country are heeding the call to help with assessment of PPE when products are purchased outside of the continental United States, and for the innovative production of PPE components. As the unprecedented, emergent nature of the COVID-19 outbreak grows in our state and throughout the United States, we implore you to demonstrate haste and transparency in your approval process.”

Specifically, the letter requests that NIOSH grant PPE testing labs authority to certify release of tested masks for distribution and for strong consideration of future PPE developments spearheaded by these universities. 

Read the letter to NIOSH and NPPTL here.