Personal protective equipment (PPE): export control process

Information for economic operators who will temporarily need a licence to export PPE outside the EU, EFTA member states and certain other territories.

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You no longer have to apply for an export licence to export personal protective equipment (PPE).

The European Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/568 requiring authorisation for the export of PPE products outside of the EU expired at midnight on 25 May 2020. It will not be renewed.

For more information on PPE and exporting, see:



During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, anyone wishing to export personal protective equipment (PPE) to areas outside the EU, European Free Trade Association member states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) and certain other territories will temporarily need a PPE export licence.

This guidance sets out the exporting restrictions on PPE products and the export control process now in place, including how economic operators can apply for a licence.

Published 2 April 2020
Last updated 5 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Removed notification form, clarified the date the changes came into force and added a link to the EU's updated FAQ.

  2. The 3 attachments on this page have been updated to reflect the revised EU regulations. The attachments are: 'Personal protective equipment (PPE): export control process', 'Application form' and 'Notification form'.

  3. Updated to reflect new EU regulation and added to list of other territories.

  4. Added link to a question and answer document by the EU.

  5. First published.