During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been undertaking a significant amount of work in assessing and vetting offers of personal protective equipment (PPE), in particular from suppliers and individuals from outside our existing supply chains. The majority of these offers are for products originating from the Far East, many of which are provided with certification and documentation that is not always in English, and it can be difficult to determine the validity of the product.
We have developed a desktop guide to assist staff when checking that the certification provided meets all the legal requirements for PPE to be sold in the UK. The guide incorporates advice received from the British Safety Industry Federation, the Medical Healthcare Regulation Agency, technical experts from our PPE framework suppliers, and colleagues from the wider public sector.
If you would like a copy of the guidance, please e-mail [email protected]