Importing, Purchasing, or Donating Gloves During COVID-19

By FDA

Q: I’m having trouble importing gloves into the United States. What do I need to do?

A: In order to avoid delays of legitimate shipments, review the Importing COVID-19 Supplies and FDA’s instructions to importersExternal Link Disclaimer for important information surrounding importing products, including gloves, to ensure that the proper documentation is submitted at the time of entry. The FDA has been ready and available to engage with importers to minimize disruptions during the importing process. If you have any specific import questions, you may email COVID19FDAIMPORTINQUIRIES@fda.hhs.gov.

Q: Do I need an Emergency Use Authorization to import gloves?

A: No, you do not need to apply to FDA for issuance of an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to import medical gloves.

Q: I would like to purchase gloves for health care workers. Where can I find them?

A: The FDA does not maintain a list of glove suppliers. If you are a health care facility, check with your supplier, distributor, or your local health department.  You may also want to check with the Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management External Link Disclaimer(AHRMM) of the American Hospital Association, which maintains the AHRMM Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) UpdateExternal Link Disclaimer on health care supply chain issues.

Q: I would like to purchase gloves. Do I need a certificate?

A:  The FDA does not issue any kind of certification to demonstrate that a manufacturer is in compliance with the FDA’s requirements. The FDA recommends that manufacturers follow recognized standards for testing of gloves. You may consider asking for that information when purchasing gloves.

Q: How can I tell if the gloves I want to purchase are counterfeit or fraudulent?

A: The FDA does not have an exhaustive list of all counterfeit or fraudulent products. To report fraudulent COVID-19 products to the FDA, email FDA-COVID-19-Fraudulent-Products@fda.hhs.gov.

Q: How can I donate gloves to health care workers?

A: The FDA does not purchase or distribute gloves. If you are interested in donating gloves, see COVID-19 Offer of Medical Supplies or Equipment.