ASTM D6319-19 Standard specification

ASTM D6319-19 Standard specification for nitrile examination gloves for medical applications

ASTM D6319-19

ASTM D6319-19, developed by the American Testing and Materials Association (ASTM), describes specific requirements for nitrile rubber gloves used in medical testing, diagnosis and treatment. This standard applies to both handmade gloves and examination gloves made of nitrile rubber. It also covers packaged sterile or non-sterile or non-sterile bulk examination gloves made of nitrile rubber. This specification is similar to the D3578 rubber examination glove specification (ASTM D3578-19 Standard Specification for Rubber Examination Gloves).

Standard Specification for Medical Nitrile Examination Gloves

ASTM D6319-19

ASTM D6319-19 provides test methods to evaluate the performance and safety of nitrile rubber gloves manufactured for medical examinations and diagnostic and treatment procedures.

During testing, absorbable dust approved lubricant may be applied to the gloves. Other lubricants may be used if their safety and effectiveness are predetermined. There should be no talc on either the inner or outer surface of the glove.

All examination gloves for medical applications must meet the required level of sterility, non-perforation, physical requirements before and after ageing, the amount of powder on the glove, tensile strength and final elongation.


Nitrile coated gloves are a type of glove made of synthetic rubber. The nitrile compound is a copolymer, and the manufacturing process is quite similar and relatively simple to rubber production. The main characteristics of seamless knitted nylon gloves are good grip and dexterity. Firm nitrile coated fingers and palms have superior grip, are extremely thin and very durable and breathable for comfort. Cut resistance, abrasion resistance, tear-resistance and puncture resistance tests of these gloves are performed in advanced laboratories.


The barrier performance of medical gloves varies depending on the glove material and work performed. When selecting gloves for any occasion, advantages and disadvantages such as puncture resistance, durability, comfort, touch sensitivity, and chemical resistance must be considered.