The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is focusing on the key issues surrounding Government measures to protect the public during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

During this challenging period, we are working with business to understand where regulatory requirements are preventing them delivering the products the public and NHS need.

OPSS COVID-19 guidance for businesses

Placing hand cleaning and sanitising products on the UK market (PDF375KB5 pages) – version 3, 14 May 2020

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulations (PDF445KB14 pages) – version 4, 2 September 2020

New high-volume manufacturers of COVID-19 PPE (PDF498KB12 pages) – version 7, 30 September 2020

New small-scale manufacturers of COVID-19 PPE (PDF438KB8 pages) – version 4, 30 September 2020 – also applicable to individuals

Manufacturers and makers of face coverings (PDF145KB3 pages) – version 4, 23 September 2020 – also applicable to individuals

Read technical specifications for PPE published by the Cabinet Office and Department of Health and Social Care.

OPSS COVID-19 guidance for local authorities

Face masks and coverings (PDF441KB17 pages) – version 2, 16 June 2020 – an enforcement guide for Trading Standards Services in Great Britain and Environmental Health Services in Northern Ireland

Letters OPSS has sent to stakeholders:

Letter to Notified Bodies concerning PPE (PDF205KB2 pages) – 25 March 2020

Letter to Local Authority Heads of Service, regional coordinators and National Product Safety Group members concerning PPE (PDF187KB2 pages) – 25 March 2020

Letter to Health and Safety Executive concerning PPE (PDF193KB2 pages) – 25 March 2020

OPSS has developed hand sanitisers and PPE guidance for Trading Standards, as well as businesses.

Email: for further information.