Medical Adhesive Solutions

The medical need for skin-friendly, pressure-sensitive adhesive technology is becoming more diverse, sophisticated, and used in a variety of patient applications from surgical drapes and dressings to wound care and monitoring. These skin contact applications require adhesives that influence appropriate tape selection, which can translate into improved patient and clinical outcomes. 

Avery Dennison Performance Polymers offers a full range of skin contact solvent and emulsion acrylic and synthetic rubber hot melt adhesives, designed and approved for use in medical applications. Along with specific performance characteristics, these adhesives provide:

  • Patient comfort
  • Bond integrity to skin
  • Resistance to moisture and oils
  • Ease of repositioning and removal 

Performance Polymers understands the demanding requirements of these applications and can provide their expertise to help select an adhesive. We strive to meet the highest quality standards by performing a battery of stringent tests, measuring performance characteristics, including cytotoxicity (acute skin contact, eye contact, ingestion), migration and odor/VOC levels. 

In addition to standard adhesives, the challenging nature of these applications often requires specifically formulated, customized adhesive solutions. Working closely with our customers, our scientists and engineers can quickly adjust existing adhesive platforms or develop new polymer systems to address the most complex challenges.


At Avery Dennison Performance Polymers, our technical service and R&D teams bring together extensive Materials Science knowledge and polymer design and formulation. We combine our coating and converting know-how with a deep understanding of end-user applications. And, our team has the capability to quickly tailor and customize adhesives to provide the right solution to your unique application-driven challenges.

For more information about our pressure-sensitive adhesives for medical applications, visit the product selector or contact our adhesive experts today.