We have compiled our most asked questions into our blog and information database called Camblab. Below you will find any relevant posts and external links to Camblab, where we will explain topics in more information.
If your company uses tight-fitting respiratory protective equipment (RPE) then a fit test is a legal requirement. The fit test functions to ensure the mask correctly fits the wearer’s face and therefore is able to provide its stated respiratory protection. Ill-fitting masks will not have the required tight seal and are leaky and vulnerable to bypass by contaminants. Mask types that require a fit test are:
Thank you for your interest in Camlab and the products we offer,
As you will understand due to the recent outbreak of a new Coronavirus, Camlab are experiencing an unusually high demand for the supply of personal protective equipment including masks. Whilst we are actively and diligently trying to fulfil the current demand for disposable respirators and surgical style masks through our wide supply chain, the manufacturers are now restricting the amount supplied to stockists.
Due to the fast moving nature of the current stock status our website may not reflect the up to the minute position and we suggest you contact us using either the online chat or call us on 01954 233110
Please refer to the links below for general information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) where more detailed information can be found.
World health organisation
Wearing a medical mask can help limit the spread of some respiratory disease. However, using a mask alone is not guaranteed to stop infections and should be combined with other prevention measures including hand and respiratory hygiene and avoiding close contact – at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people.
WHO advises on rational use of medical masks thus avoiding unnecessary wastage of precious resources and potential mis-use of masks (see Advice on the use of masks). This means using masks only if you have respiratory symptoms (coughing or sneezing), have suspected 2019-nCoV infection with mild symptoms or are caring for someone with suspected 2019-nCoV infection. A suspected 2019-nCoV infection is linked to travel in an area in China where 2019-nCoV has been reported, or close contact with someone who has travelled from China and has respiratory symptoms.
UK Government latest information on Coronavirus
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
CDC – USA
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the leading national public health institute of the United States.
Update November 2020
The UK Government offered a temporary VAT holiday on PPE products from May 1st to October 31st 2020. Although this has now come to an end and VAT is once again chargeable on PPE products, a group of expert GAMBICA members including Camlab have come together to recommend to HMRC that all PPE used in charitably funded medical and veterinary research be eligible for zero rate VAT. You can learn more about this effort here.
In these continuing unprecedented times we have had to deal with product supply restrictions, monthly price increases and surcharges being placed on our purchase orders for goods, particularly for critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Throughout the ongoing global pandemic we have strived to limit any increases to the selling price of all our main PPE brands. However, due to continued shortages and unprecedented high demand globally, we are seeing monthly cost price increases imposed by many of our PPE suppliers for items such as gloves and respirators . Some national governments have also restricted access to PPE products, and in some cases are applying additional export surcharges. Main manufacturers are also being asked to prioritise front line care workers.
Unfortunately from this point on we will have to include any additional government or increased freight surcharges applied to these products. To help mitigate such increases, we set up a PPE sourcing team in Q2 2020 tasked to source reliable alternative global manufacturers of these types of products in short supply to be able to offer our customers alternative similar products. Through this effort we continue to find cost effective alternatives and we are happy to work with our customers purchasing departments to try and negotiate bulk discount prices.
As products become available we will list them here.
Although we now have to pass on increases and surcharges please be assured that we are not inflating our profits. We are doing our best to overcome shortages by sourcing products from alternative suppliers of PPE, but in some cases the prices of these products are significantly above normal due to demand and in other cases they do not meet the correct PPE regulations that could put the public or medical professionals at risk if sold improperly. We are working with Trading Standards Institute (TSI) and the British Safety Industry federation (BSIF) by reporting these suppliers/providers who we believe are wrongly exploiting the current situation.
Unfortunately we are also finding that unscrupulous suppliers are offering us counterfeit products. Camlab is a member of the BSIF and we are working closely with them to ensure the items we source and sell are properly CE EN/149 rated and tested accordingly. Please note that category III products require much stricter requirements including ongoing market surveillance. Reporting and documentation retention is considerably more onerous on manufactures, suppliers and customers for Health and Safety records, recall, notification and withdrawal purposes.
We wish all our customers well in these trying times and hope we can all return to business as normal as soon as possible
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Useful Information – Things to Check
Is your supplier a member of the BSIF – https://www.bsif.co.uk/
Has your supplier verified this product and has documentation available?
Medical devices EU regulations
The European Union Medical Device Regulation repeals the existing directives on medical devices: Medical Devices Directive [93/42/EEC] and Active Implantable Medical Device Directive [90/385/EEC]. The regulation was published on 5 May 2017 and came into force on 25 May 2017
European Union (EU) Medical Device Regulation (MDR) 2017/745
The standards, which cover face masks, medical gloves and protective clothing are listed below:
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