On November 1, USP published the new version of USP <797> which will become effective November 1, 2023. Although the new chapter clarifies a number of issues, we still find a few topics that our clients ask for further clarification. One of those areas is USP <797> jewelry and cosmetics requirements.
What Are USP <797> Jewelry and Cosmetics Requirements?
Question: To comply with USP <797> requirements, what jewelry may be worn, if any, by staff working in the clean room?
Answer: The USP <797> chapter contains specific requirements for jewelry and cosmetic use. Hand jewelry such as rings may not be worn under sterile gloves because the ring(s) may compromise the effectiveness of hand hygiene or tear the glove(s) while being donned. Jewelry that cannot be removed, such as microdermal piercings, may be worn so long as they are covered to minimize the risk of contamination. In addition, cosmetics, including eyelash extensions, are not allowed.
Patton Healthcare Consulting
Patton Healthcare Consulting provides a complete range of Joint Commission and CMS Compliance Assistance and ensure you meet USP <797> requirements.
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