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Coronavirus support for businesses – Guidance for Manufacturers

This dedicated COVID-19 manufacturing guidance page has been created to serve as a one-stop shop for all things manufacturing. Here you will find guidance for operating amidst the pandemic, additional resources, calls to action from government and industry, as well as the latest government guidelines.

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This page was updated on 20 October 2020.

Should a manufacturer stay open?

On April 8, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma clarified in his letter to the industry that there is no restriction on manufacturing continuing during the COVID-19 outbreak. On 22 September, the Prime Minister also reiterated that anyone who could not work from home for example those in the manufacturing and construction sector should continue going to work.

To support manufacturers work safely during the pandemic, the government published COVID-secure guidelines on the 11th May. See the guidance here. A downloadable print notice was also developed for businesses to display onsite to show compliance with the safety guidelines. This can be accessed here.  

Guidance for manufacturers who are operational

Businesses must carry out an appropriate Covid-19 risk assessment, just as with other H&S related topics. This must be done in consultation with unions or workers. You should share the risk assessment with your employees. More information on risk assessments can be found through the government's "Working Safely during coronavirus" guidance. Here, employers can also download a notice to display they have complied with the guidance in the workplace. Centre for Assessment's (CfA) specialist health & safety coaches have developed a Covid-19 Back to Work Risk Assessment Template and accompanying guidance document, which are free to download on the CfA website.

Government guidance does not supersede any legal obligations relating to H&S, employment or equalities. Businesses must continue to comply with existing obligations including those relating to individuals with vulnerable characteristics.

To support you to continue operating safely and ensure the health and safety of your colleagues and customers, we have collated a range of tools and resources, which can be accessed here

General advice

Cleaning and Hygiene practices

Staff health and Statutory Sick Pay (SPP)

Shift and working patterns

Factory layout

Skills

Which lines should be kept running?

Contractual considerations

Automation

Communication

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Calls to Action

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Demand for PPE equipment

Demand for PPE equipment

If you currently manufacture or can adapt your operations to manufacture PPE, please contact us to let us know

Latest Government Guidance  

  • List of manufacturers and their medical devices which have been granted an exemption by the MHRA has been updated with new additions and expired authorisations. View here (20th October).
  • List of manufacturers and their medical devices which have been granted an exemption by the MHRA has been updated with new additions and expired authorisations. View here (13th October).
  • List of manufacturers and their medical devices which have been granted an exemption by the MHRA has been updated with new additions and expired authorisations. View here (6th October). 
  • Version 7 of the guidance for new high-volume manufacturers of PPE and version 4 of the guidance for businesses and individuals on the small-scale manufacture of PPE published, have been amended to simplify the text concerning the Market Surveillance Authority approval of PPE. View here (30th September). 
  • List of manufacturers and their medical devices which have been granted an exemption by the MHRA has been updated with new additions and expired authorisations. View here. (29th September).
  • Version 4 of the guidance for manufacturers and makers of face coverings on complying with the General Product Safety Regulations 2005 published, has been amended in light of the alignment of approach across the UK, and with a warning against claiming that face coverings containing particulate material 2.5 filters or other hygiene filters give protection from COVID-19. View here (23rd September).
  • The guidance on testing kits has been re-written for both patients and the public and for manufacturers to make it clearer to understand. View here (22nd September). 
  • List of manufacturers and their medical devices which have been granted an exemption by the MHRA has been updated with new additions and expired authorisations. View here. (22nd September).
  • List of manufacturers and their medical devices which have been granted an exemption by the MHRA has been updated with new additions and expired authorisations. View here. (15th September).
  • Version 4 of the guidance for businesses on the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulations, version 6 of the guidance for new high-volume manufacturers of PPE and version 3 of the guidance for businesses and individuals on the small-scale manufacture of PPE have been published. Read more here (2nd September).
  • Added the following 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'. View here. (28th August).
  • List of manufacturers and their medical devices which have been granted an exemption by the MHRA has been updated with new additions and expired authorisations. View here. (28th August).
  • New state-of-the-art centre to scale up COVID-19 vaccine and gene therapy manufacturing gets £100 million investment. Read more here (23rd July).
  • COVID-19: guidance for food businesses (intended for all workplaces involved in the manufacturing, processing, warehousing, picking, packaging, retailing and service of food) - Updated guidance, added easy-to-translate guide and link to posters. View here (22nd July).
  • Guidance for manufacturers and makers of face coverings to comply with the General Product Safety Regulations 2005, Version 3 published. Download here (13th July).
  • New Small-Scale Manufacturers of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Version 2 published. Download here (13th July).
  • New High-Volume Manufacturers of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Version 5 published. Download here (13th July)
  • MHRA regulatory flexibilities - Added information for manufacturers of human plasma-derived medicines during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. View here (13th July).
  • Exceptional GMP flexibilities for medicines manufacturers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak - Update: Removed information about medicines being marketed outside the UK. View here (13th July). 
  • Information for clinical diagnostic laboratories regarding safety, sampling and packaging specimens associated with COVID-19 - Update section on laboratory investigations and sample requirements for diagnosis. View here (7th July)
  • Ventilator Challenge hailed a success as UK production finishes. View story here (4th July).
  • Manufacturers and suppliers of thermal cameras should not make claims which directly relate to COVID-19 diagnosis - Read more (3rd July)
  • List of manufacturers and their medical devices which have been granted an exemption by the MHRA. View here (29th June). 
  • Regulatory status of equipment being used to help prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) - Added explanations about the regulations around face coverings. Read more here (29th June). 
  • Guidance for all workplaces involved in the manufacturing, processing, warehousing, picking, packaging and retailing of food. View here (26th June).
  • Updates have been published to the departmental minute outlining indemnities granted to designers and manufacturers in the Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator System Project. View here (23rd June).  
  • How to get fast-track approval of medical devices during COVID-19 - Updated list of information to include in an email application.Read more here (17th June). 
  • Guidance for manufacturers and makers of face coverings to comply with the General Product Safety Regulations 2005, Version 2. View here (9th June). 
  • Target Product Profile: enzyme immunoassay (EIA) antibody tests to help determine if people have antibodies to SARS-CoV-2. Read more here (5th June).
  • Medical devices: Audits of Notified Bodies and manufacturers. View update here (5th June).
  • Coronavirus support from Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations: Engineering and Manufacturing. View here (4th June).
  • 3D printing (additive manufacturing) of medical devices or component parts during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read more here (4th June).
  • How the government assesses offers of COVID-19 tests from developers for procurement and use in the UK. View here (3rd June).
  • Exemptions from Devices regulations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read more here (29th May).
  • Guidance for manufacturers and makers of face coverings. Read more here (28th May).
  • Exporting personal protective equipment during coronavirus (COVID-19): Goods exported from the European Union after midnight on Monday 25 May 2020 will no longer require an export authorisation. Read more here (28th May).
  • Funding and manufacturing boost for UK vaccine programme. Read more here (17th May).
  • Guidance for industry and manufactures: COVID-19 tests and testing kits. Read more here (13th May). 
  • Guidance for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses during the Coronavirus. Read more here (11th May).
  • New reagent available to support global diagnostic testing of coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more here. (6th May). 
  • Government has added a link to a new dedicated Yellow Card coronavirus website for reporting any incidents involving medical equipment relating to COVID-19 treatment (5th May). Read more here
  • Notification of contingent liability: Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator System Project. Read more here (29th April). 
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE): export control process. Updated to reflect new EU regulation and added to list of other territories. Read more here (26th April).
  • Exceptional GMP flexibilities for medicines manufacturers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read more here (22nd April).
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): ventilator supply specification - (14th April).
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): personal protective equipment (PPE) hub. View here (10th April).
  • Government sets out plan for national effort on PPE - Press Release (10th April). 
  • Notice to exporters 2020/10: processing licence applications during coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more here (9th April).
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): how laboratories can support the testing programme. Read more here (9th April).  
  • Offer coronavirus (COVID-19) support from your business. Read more here.
  • Help the government increase coronavirus (COVID-19) testing capacity. Read more here (8th April).
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to the manufacturing sector from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma. Read here (8th April).
  • Advice for employers on social distancing during coronavirus (COVID-19) - Manufacturing and processing businesses. Read more here (7th April).
  • Guidance for manufacturers and Good Practice (GxP) laboratories on exceptional flexibilities for maintenance and calibration during the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Read more here (7th April).
  • Technical Specifications for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). View here (6th April).
  • Forms for organisations that can manufacture and supply testing consumables, equipment and laboratory PPE as part of the coronavirus (COVID-19) response can be found here (3rd April).
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE): export control process. Guidance can be seen here (2nd April).
  • COVID-19: Call for rapid sanitising technology for ambulances. More information here (2nd April).
  • Specification for Rapidly Manufactured CPAP System to be used during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read more here  (29th March).
  • Government to ease regulations to ensure hand sanitiser and personal protective equipment reaches NHS staff quickly, read more here (28th March).
  • Specification for ventilators to be used in UK hospitals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read more here (26th March).
  • Guidance for Manufacturers Specials licence holders on ‘packing down’ medicines during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read more here (25th March).
  • How to place a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test kit on the market. Read more here (25th March).
  •  All guidance to Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency on coronavirus (COVID-19), including Clinical trials, Inspections, Medical devices, Medicines and COVID-19, Medicines regulation can be found here (19th March).

  

More information is available on the UK Government’s Coronavirus Business Support website. For more personalised advice call us on: 0161 237 4128 or email us at: BGH@growthco.uk 

 

The information provided is meant as a general guide only rather than advice or assurance. GC Business Growth Hub does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information and professional guidance should be sought on all aspects of business planning and responses to the coronavirus. Use of this guide and toolkit are entirely at the risk of the user. Any hyperlinks from this document are to external resources not connected to the GC Business Growth Hub and The Growth Company is not responsible for the content within any hyperlinked site.

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