FDA Ban on Powdered Medical Gloves

What? Powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient examination gloves, and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon’s glove have been banned by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).

Why? These “medical devices” pose a significant risk to healthcare workers and patients.

What is the scope of the rule? The ban applies to devices manufactured, in storage, or in possession of the end user, including veterinary use.

When is this rule effective? January 18, 2017

What do you need to do? Dispose of pre-existing supplies of powdered medical gloves in accordance with standard industry practices and established procedures of the local community’s solid waste management system.

What is Emory University doing? Please contact your EHSO Building Liaison if you are part of the Emory research community and have any of the following devices:

  • powdered surgeon’s gloves
  • powdered patient examination gloves
  • absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon’s gloves

For more information on the ban, please visit these pages on the FDA website:

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