Care providers and NHS procurement managers are reported to be spending valuable time ruling out dubious suppliers of PPE and testing kits to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some unscrupulous suppliers are either charging way over the odds for genuine kit or, more worryingly, are passing on fake protective equipment to care homes desperate for more stock.
Healthcare providers are being bombarded with offers of PPE and kits for testing whether patients or residents have the virus, but a UK wholesaler quoted by the Daily Mail claimed that up to 95% of the products being offered are either fake or below the required standard. The British Standards Institution has also been notified of a large number of false certificates in circulation, claiming to meet BSI standards but which are actually fake.
Shahm Barhom, Group Product Certification Director at BSI said: "We’re urging anyone who is purchasing personal protective equipment to be vigilant – particularly given the increased need we’re seeing at present. If the safety equipment that is being purchased is supported by a certificate that appears to have been issued by BSI, we strongly recommend checking its validity first." The BSI has a database enabling anyone to check whether the certificate is genuine and are urging potential customers to visit the online checker before purchasing.
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