BS EN ISO 21171:2006 - Medical gloves. Determination of removable surface powder – BSI British Standards

BS EN ISO 21171:2006

Medical gloves. Determination of removable surface powder

Status : Current, Confirmed   Published : June 2006



Depending on their method of manufacture, some medical gloves can have on their surface a small amount of powder, normally modified corn-starch, which is intended to assist donning. Current thinking is that the presence of excessive amounts of such powder can present a health hazard. The methods for the determination of removable surface powder in this International Standard are based on those given in ASTM D 6124-01, from which they differ in the method for determining removable powder from powder-free surgeon's gloves and in the precision data.

Anyone using this standard should be familiar with normal laboratory practice. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user to establish appropriate safety and health practices and to ensure compliance with any national regulatory conditions.

BS EN ISO 15004-1 specifies methods for the determination of readily removable powder on the surface of gloves for medical use. Three methods are specified: method A for powdered gloves and methods B and C for powder-free gloves. This standard does not address safety issues that may be associated with the presence of powder on gloves nor does it prescribe limits on the amounts that may be present. The applicability of this standard to medical gloves not made from rubber has not been established.

Standard NumberBS EN ISO 21171:2006
TitleMedical gloves. Determination of removable surface powder
StatusCurrent, Confirmed
Publication Date30 June 2006
Confirm Date11 June 2019
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)93/42/EEC, ISO/TR 9272, ASTM D 6124-01
International RelationshipsEN ISO 21171:2006,ISO 21171:2006
Draft Superseded By02/563043 DC
DescriptorsProtective clothing, Removable, Sterile equipment, Particulate materials, Surfaces, Protective gloves, Rubber, Gloves, Medical equipment, Surgical equipment
Title in FrenchGants a usage medical. Determination de la poudre de surface amovible
Title in GermanMedizinische Handschuhe. Bestimmung des entfernbaren Oberflaechenpuders
ISBN0 580 48375 4
File Size543 KB

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