On Dec. 19, the Federal Register published its final rule on powdered surgical and exam gloves. The FDA has elected to ban powdered gloves, citing that the products are an adulterated product and unsafe for use. This ban takes effect Jan. 18, 2017.
The ban’s effective date also applies to those who already have purchased and are using powdered gloves. These gloves may not be used after Jan. 18. Those who continue using these products are subject to enforcement action.
Powdered gloves represent a small percentage of the current exam glove marketplace. Many high-quality powder-free gloves are available as alternatives. If you’re affected by this ban, CDA-endorsed Association Gloves can help you find powder-free latex, nitrile or chloroprene gloves that will meet your unique needs.