PPE rules tightened

RULES around the supply of PPE equipment in Scotland will be tightened from January 1, 2021.

During the early phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, when supply chains were at risk, the European Commission relaxed rules to allow the use of non-CE-marked personal protective equipment that was approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

But the Scottish Government has confirmed that "easement" will no longer apply after December 31, when all PPE must be CE-marked.

However, practices will be allowed to use up stocks of non-CE-marked PPE after December 31, provided it has been approved by the HSE and is within its expiry date.

The government is advising that any orders for the future should be for CE-marked PPE only.

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