Sustainable procurement: the GBS for cleaning products and services

Official Government Buying Standards (GBS) for cleaning products: requirements for sprays, packaging and banned chemicals.


GBS for cleaning products and services

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All government departments and their related organisations must make sure that they meet the minimum mandatory Government Buying Standards (GBS) standards when buying goods and services. We also encourage the wider public sector to specify the minimum mandatory standards in tenders.

We encourage everyone to meet the best practice standards, which go further than the mandatory standards.

The product specifications set out in the Government Buying Standards are aimed primarily at public sector organisations procuring goods or services. However, any organisation concerned about sustainable procurement may choose to follow them or to specify them in tenders.

Published 2 January 2012
Last updated 11 December 2015 + show all updates
  1. Minor amendments to criteria where market availability of better performing products and/or standards and labelling have changed.
  2. First published.