Standard Historical Last Updated: Apr 22, 2013
ASTM D6978-05

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

Significance and Use

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.


1.1 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.

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.

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Book of Standards Volume: 09.02
Developed by Subcommittee: D11.40
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.1520/D6978-05
ICS Code: 11.140