FDA Bans Powdered Gloves, Effective January 18, 2017

December 21, 2016

On December 19, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a final rule banning the use of powdered medical gloves. According to the FDA, powdered gloves can cause surgical complications and other adverse health events, such as inflammatory responses to glove powder or sensitization to natural rubber latex, which cannot be eliminated by making changes to the label.

The rule, which goes into effect on January 18, 2017, applies to: powdered surgeon's gloves, powdered patient examination gloves, and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon's glove. The rule does NOT apply to radiographic protection gloves.

Read the Final Rule.