Q: What is PPE standing for? A: PEP stands for personal protective gear. PPE means any device or apparatus intended to be worn or held by an individual for protection against one or more hazards to health and safety. Q: How do the manufacturers ensure personal protective equipment is safe and reliable? A: The FDA has developed Quality Control Regulations and Good Manufacturing Practices to help ensure medical devices, including PPE, are safe and effective. These regulations and practices are expected to be used by manufacturers to maintain consistent product quality and to guide performance testing to ensure that their products conform to recognized consensus standards. Q: What is personal protective equipment for? A: PPE are special covers intended to protect dental health care personnel (DHCP) from exposure to infectious agents or interaction with them. These include gloves, face masks, protective eyewear, facial shields and protective clothing (e.g., gown, jacket, lab coat, reusable or disposable). PPE is also able to prevent the spread of microorganisms from DHCP to patients. Q: What about full body suits or Tyvek suits? A: Full body suits or "Tyvek" suits are not a recommended part of the PPE. They are not clothing items and therefore should not be worn under gowns. Gowns is easier to put on and especially take off. They are usually more common to healthcare professionals and are therefore more likely to be correctly used and removed.