FDA Issues Ban on Powdered Examination Gloves

Jan. 31, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration has banned powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient examination gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating surgeon’s gloves.

The FDA has determined these products present an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury and that the risk cannot be corrected or eliminated by labeling or a change in labeling. The ban went into effect Jan. 18, 2017.
The ban applies to all powdered gloves that are labeled or sold as surgeon’s gloves or patient examination gloves including powdered medical gloves used in the practice of veterinary medicine and in laboratories.  Powdered gloves that are not labeled as surgeon’s gloves or examination gloves are outside of FDA’s jurisdiction and therefore not affected by the ban; however, please note that these gloves may have the same risks to health as the medical gloves subject to the ban.

Although this ban is directed at surgical and clinical use of powdered gloves, it is also applicable to gloves labeled as surgeon’s or examination gloves used in laboratory settings.

Gloves For Medical Use

If you have any such products please discard them. If your inventory of powdered gloves is large (greater than 20 boxes), please contact the office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at x8-5294 to discuss a glove exchange.