As part of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19), the UK has implemented Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/568 to ensure an adequate supply of vital PPE equipment within the UK, the European Union, the EFTA member states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) and certain dependent and other territories.

The regulation came into force on 26 April 2020. It will initially last for 30 days, until (and including) 25 May 2020.

The goods covered by the legislation are set out in Annex I of the regulation.

The goods currently covered are the following, which provide protection against potentially infectious material:

  • protective spectacles and visors
  • mouth-nose protection equipment
  • face shields which include mouth-nose protection
  • protective garments

Further details about the items covered by the legislation can be found in Annex I of the regulation.

For full details on the current export restrictions please visit the UK government website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-protective-equipment-ppe-export-control-process/personal-protective-equipment-ppe-export-control-process