On March 21st, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a proposal to ban most powdered gloves in the United States. The ban would apply to powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient examination gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon’s glove. The FDA believes that the gloves pose an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to health care providers, patients and other individuals who are exposed to them, which cannot be corrected through new or updated labeling.
The proposed rule is available online at www.regulations.gov for public comment for 90 days.
Please see the FDA announcement letter for further details and additional resources.