Published: 11 April 2022  (Updated: 11 April 2022)

Update on Hand Sanitisers – HSE Derogations End

On 29 March 2020 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued a communication on manufacturing and supplying biocidal hand sanitisers during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.  CTPA communicated this announcement to the wider cosmetics industry through our news item published on 30 March 2020.  The HSE released situation permits that enabled short-term derogations from the normal Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) which applied to:

  • Biocidal hand sanitisers containing propan-2-ol (isopropanol
  • Biocidal hand sanitisers containing propan-1-ol
  • Biocidal hand sanitisers containing ethanol
  • Temporary pragmatic approach to Article 95 of the BPR, which provides a list of authorised suppliers of active biocidal substances.

As these short-term permits begin to approach their expiry dates, HSE gathered information from a range of stakeholders about the current availability of hand sanitisers on the UK market.  They deemed that whilst there is an ongoing need for hand sanitiser products, current demand can be met by products supplied under the normal arrangements in BPR.

This means that the special arrangements for supplying hand sanitiser products, put in place at the beginning of the pandemic, will be discontinued.  The assessment of any ongoing applications made under the current arrangements will be completed.

Any hand sanitiser products that have already been granted a permit can continue to be supplied and used until that permit expires.

For more information, please see the HSE news bulletin.

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