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  1. Personal Protective Equipment for Infection Control

Medical Gloves for COVID-19

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

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.

To help expand the availability of medical gloves, the FDA is providing regulatory flexibility, as described in the enforcement policy for gloves that is in effect 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.


On this 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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