FDA Ban on Powdered Gloves

January 18, 2017

Effective Wednesday, January 18th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient examination gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating surgeon’s gloves after determining that 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.

Although this ban is directed at surgical and clinical use of powdered gloves, it is also applicable to gloves used in laboratory settings.

If you have any such products in your clinic or laboratory, please discard them immediately.

Yale’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety recommends using powder-free nitrile gloves.

Click here to read more about the FDA’s decision.

If you have any questions, please contact Cathleen King, Chemical Hygiene Officer, at 203-785-5106 or cathleen.king@yale.edu.