Guidance

Technical specifications for personal protective equipment (PPE)

The documents attached define the technical and regulatory standards for PPE.

Documents

Specification for hand wash

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Specification for hand wash

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Specification for chlorine tablets and granules

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Specification for chlorine tablets and granules

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Specification for fit testing solutions

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Specification for fit testing solutions

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Adult body bag specification

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Adult body bag specification

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Orange clinical waste bags specification

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Orange clinical waste bags specification

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Details

These documents are for new suppliers and manufacturers when they are using the tendering process for the supply or manufacture of PPE.

The guidance is intended to ensure that these parties understand our regulatory requirements and that all products must comply with the stated standards, legislation and/or directives.

It includes advice for health and social care providers on the essential technical requirements and how these impact any existing PPE stocks, direct supply, donation or purchasing which they may now also be conducting or receiving outside of the national procurement model for PPE.

Published 30 March 2020
Last updated 1 April 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added new attachment: 'Transparent face mask technical specification'.

  2. Added the following 3 attachments:'Essential technical requirements for new high-volume manufacture of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical devices (MD) during COVID-19', 'Essential technical requirements for PPE and medical devices: further information for manufacturers and suppliers' and 'Essential technical requirements for PPE and medical devices: further information for health and social care providers'. These replaced 2 existing guidance documents, 2 technical specification documents and 4 apron documents.

  3. Accessible documents uploaded.

  4. Version 3 of Essential Technical Specifications replacing version 2.

  5. We have attached new documentation and amended the details section to reflect.

  6. Additional attachments added

  7. Removed attachments

  8. Additional upload of documentation.

  9. First published.