The Standard Malaysian Glove (SMG) is a product certification scheme formulated by the Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) and the Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers' Association (MARGMA), to provide assurance of quality for low-protein examination gloves that are lightly powdered or powder-free.
In consultation with regulatory bodies such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other relevant authorities, the SMG scheme establishes standards not only for barrier performance, the single most important function of gloves, but also for protein and powder contents. Proteins could cause allergic reactions in sensitized individuals and powder could serve as a carrier for such proteins.
Renewable and Sustainable
SMG gloves are made from natural rubber latex, the sap of the Hevea brasiliensis tree widely grown in Malaysia. Bred to be the most efficient source of rubber latex, rubber trees are a renewable and sustainable resource.
Aid to Atmospheric Renewal
Studies estimate that rubber trees planted worldwide replace as much as 363,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide with 264,000 tonnes of oxygen annually through photosynthesis, revitalizing the earth’s atmosphere and helping to combat greenhouse emissions and global warming.
Natural rubber and its products are biodegradable, unlike synthetic rubber and plastics, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC).