3M Launches App to Combat Counterfeit Personal Protective Equipment

It can identify a bar code and determine if a product package is genuine.

3M headquarters, Maplewood, Minn.
3M headquarters, Maplewood, Minn.

Continuing the efforts against personal protective equipment (PPE) counterfeiting that arose from the COVID-19 pandemic, 3M has established the new 3M Verify app to help companies ensure their PPE is authentic. The app helps validate a disposable respirator carton in real time by using advanced technology to identify a bar code and determine if a product package is genuine. A genuine result provides a high degree of certainty that you have an authentic 3M Disposable Respirator. An inconclusive result means that the package is either not recognized or a potential counterfeit. If you receive an inconclusive result, the app will help you contact 3M directly for further investigation.

The app is currently available for the following products:

  • 3M Health Care Particulate Respirators and Surgical Masks, 1860 & 1860S, N95
  • 3M Particulate Respirator 8210, N95 -- excluding the consumer packout version of this product
  • 3M Aura Particulate Respirator 9330+, FFP3
  • 3M Aura Particulate Respirator 9332+, FFP3

You can download the 3M Verify app in Apple's App Store. The app will be available on Google Play at a later date.

"If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is," said Cassie Jacobson, director, 3M Personal Safety Division. "The 3M Verify app will enable customers to be confident their disposable respirators are genuine and working to keep them safe and protected."

3M is committed to taking action to stop and deter fraud to protect people around the world. For more information about 3M's resources to fight counterfeiting, visit 3M.com/3MVerify.

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