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May 3, 2010 - Task group within Subcommittee D11.40 on Consumer Rubber Products has begun development of standards for use of antimicrobial agents on gloves to prevent direct/indirect transport of infectious microorganisms. One such standard, WK27438, Specification for Antimicrobial Medical Gloves, includes several determining characteristics concerning antimicrobial efficacy on medical gloves' surface. Primary users will be glove manufacturers, antimicrobial suppliers, and contract test laboratories.

Antimicrobial Medical Glove Standards Under Development by ASTM


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Press release date: April 30, 2010

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-The impact of health care related infections is a global concern, and hands are a leading means of direct or indirect transport of infectious microorganisms. A task group within Subcommittee D11.40 on Consumer Rubber Products has begun to develop standards focused on preventing that transfer through the use of antimicrobial agents on gloves. D11.40 is part of ASTM International Committee D11 on Rubber.

Wava Truscott, director, scientific affairs and clinical education, Kimberly-Clark Health Care, says that the task group is currently working on several proposed new standards, including WK27438, Specification for Antimicrobial Medical Gloves.

The scope of WK27438 includes determining the following characteristics: antimicrobial efficacy on the surface of medical gloves; efficacy of medical gloves to reduce the number of microorganisms reaching the wearer during a barrier breach; microbial transfer from one surface to another via a medical glove; and accelerated aging of antimicrobial medical gloves.

"If gloves could kill microorganisms rapidly after contacting them, one means of microbial transport to another surface, patient or even to the glove wearer would be addressed," says Truscott, who is the chair of Task Group D11.40.19 for the Development of Standardized Test Methods for the Evaluation of Medical Gloves Incorporated with Antimicrobial Agents.

Truscott says that the primary users of WK27438 and other proposed standards that may be developed by the task group will be glove manufacturers, antimicrobial suppliers, contract test laboratories and government agencies. In addition, purchasers, glove selection committees, infection preventionists and end users will benefit from the standardized data produced as a result of performing standardized tests on gloves under purchase or use consideration.

All interested parties are encouraged to join in the standards developing activities of D11.40. ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit http://www.astm.org/JOIN.

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

View this release on the ASTM Web site at www.astmnewsroom.org.

ASTM Committee D11 Next Meeting: June 7-10, June Committee Week, St. Louis, Mo. Technical Contact: Wava Truscott, Kimberly-Clark Health Care, Roswell, Ga., Phone: 770-587-8805; wava.truscott@kcc.com

ASTM Staff Contact: Joe Koury, Phone: 610-832-9804; jkoury@astm.org ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603; bschindl@astm.org
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