Sanitary Surveillance of Male Condoms Natural Latex Sold in the City of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
ESC Congress Library. Teixeira Duarte J. 05/28/14; 50660; A-245
Prof. Dr. Janete Teixeira Duarte
Prof. Dr. Janete Teixeira Duarte
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Objectives: The increased importance of condom use as a tool to protect men and women against sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infection has raised awareness among health authorities regarding the quality of condoms. In Brazil, male condoms, like other products that may cause some kind of impact on health, consumer safety and the environment, have compulsory certificates, i.e., they can move to marketing or distribution with the seal of conformity which certifies that the product meets minimum established quality standards that predict their use. However, although the certification process to assess in detail the production and the final product manufacturing, does not address the issue of marketing in various establishments such as pharmacies, drugstores, supermarkets, typically because it considered issues of Health Surveillance.


Methods: We evaluated 20 brands of male condoms, domestic and imported, from eight manufacturers that are marketed in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Results: All brands met the criteria established in Brazilian National Health Oversight Agency Resolution no. RDC 62/2008. However, nonconforming units were identified in 12 of the brands tested.


Conclusions: From a perspective view of Sanitary Surveillance, not as a unit has serious implications for public health.

Objectives: The increased importance of condom use as a tool to protect men and women against sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infection has raised awareness among health authorities regarding the quality of condoms. In Brazil, male condoms, like other products that may cause some kind of impact on health, consumer safety and the environment, have compulsory certificates, i.e., they can move to marketing or distribution with the seal of conformity which certifies that the product meets minimum established quality standards that predict their use. However, although the certification process to assess in detail the production and the final product manufacturing, does not address the issue of marketing in various establishments such as pharmacies, drugstores, supermarkets, typically because it considered issues of Health Surveillance.


Methods: We evaluated 20 brands of male condoms, domestic and imported, from eight manufacturers that are marketed in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Results: All brands met the criteria established in Brazilian National Health Oversight Agency Resolution no. RDC 62/2008. However, nonconforming units were identified in 12 of the brands tested.


Conclusions: From a perspective view of Sanitary Surveillance, not as a unit has serious implications for public health.

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