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  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Medical Devices

Medical Gloves for COVID-19

pair of blue medical gloves - medical gloves for COVID-19.

FDA Investigating Certain Imported Medical Gloves

The FDA recommends that health care facilities and providers do not purchase, or use imported medical gloves from companies included on Import Alert 80-04 Surveillance and Detention Without Physical Examination of Surgeon's and Patient Examination Gloves.

Companies are listed on an import alert when the agency has enough evidence to allow for detention without physical examination (DWPE) of their products as they appear to be in violation of the FDA's laws and regulations and thus, create a potential risk to health care professionals, patients and users.

To identify FDA-cleared medical gloves, search the 510(k) Premarket Notification database using the product codes for medical gloves.

Report a Problem with Medical Gloves

If you have purchased any medical gloves that are visibly soiled, are a different color, appear to have been used, or otherwise seem to be fraudulent, please report it to the FDA by email to FDA-COVID-19-Fraudulent-Products@fda.hhs.gov.

Medical gloves  are used by health care personnel to prevent the spread of infection or illness. Medical gloves are disposable and include patient examination gloves and surgeon’s gloves.

The FDA continues to take a number of steps to find and stop those selling unsafe and unapproved products by investigating, examining and reviewing medical products, both at ports of entry and within domestic commerce, to help ensure the safety of our national supply chain.

To help expand the availability of medical gloves during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the FDA is providing regulatory flexibility under certain circumstances intended to prevent the devices from presenting an undue risk, as described in the enforcement policy for gloves during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The FDA is also providing regular updates about medical gloves, including the answers to frequently asked questions on this page.

Note: The FDA does not purchase or distribute medical supplies, such as medical gloves. The FDA also does not have a list of gloves suppliers.

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Related page:

The Basics on Medical Gloves and COVID-19

Shortages of Medical Gloves During COVID-19

Manufacturing Gloves During COVID-19

Importing, Purchasing, or Donating Gloves During COVID-19

Reporting Shortages or Problems with Gloves

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