ASTM D6978 - 05(2013)

    Standard Practice for Assessment of Resistance of Medical Gloves to Permeation by Chemotherapy Drugs

    Active Standard ASTM D6978 | Developed by Subcommittee: D11.40

    Book of Standards Volume: 09.02


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 The objective of this practice is to provide a uniform procedure for assessing the resistance of medical glove materials to permeation by chemotherapy drugs, and to establish a consistent reporting of the test data.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers a protocol for the assessment of resistance of medical glove materials to permeation by potentially hazardous cancer chemotherapy drugs under conditions of continuous contact. An assessment is made based on the permeation (breakthrough) of nine chemotherapy drugs through the glove material over a certain period of time.

    1.2 It is emphasized that the conditions used in this assessment are intended to approximate the worst-case condition for clinical uses. The data should be restricted to use on a relative basis when comparing glove materials.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D471 Test Method for Rubber Property--Effect of Liquids

    D3577 Specification for Rubber Surgical Gloves

    D3578 Specification for Rubber Examination Gloves

    D3767 Practice for Rubber--Measurement of Dimensions

    D5250 Specification for Poly(vinyl chloride) Gloves for Medical Application

    D6319 Specification for Nitrile Examination Gloves for Medical Application

    D6977 Specification for Polychloroprene Examination Gloves for Medical Application

    F739 Test Method for Permeation of Liquids and Gases through Protective Clothing Materials under Conditions of Continuous Contact


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 11.140 (Hospital equipment)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 42132203(Medical exam or non surgical procedure gloves)


    DOI: 10.1520/D6978-05R13

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