FPA STATEMENT ON PPE DISTRIBUTION

FPA STATEMENT ON PPE DISTRIBUTION

NEWS RELEASE

7 May 2020

FPA STATEMENT ON PPE DISTRIBUTION

Further to the news today that PPE purchased by the government from Turkey has failed UK safety tests, Executive Director of the FPA Martin Kersh comments:   “It is sad to hear that some 400,000 items of PPE ordered directly from a Turkish manufacturer by the government and amidst great publicity, has been found not to meet British safety standards. The government took the decision to move away from the very efficient distribution and logistics network that existed in the UK pre-pandemic to one managed entirely by government.  The PPE supply chain included a number of FPA members and as part of their sourcing process they inspect production facilities and interrogate claimed standards and certificates to ensure they are valid and meet UK standards.  They also inspect factories to ensure health and safety policies are in line with UK laws, along with working conditions and labour policies.  We can understand why the government felt taking over PPE distribution would increase our purchasing clout and would provide greater manpower to get the PPE to where it is needed, but clearly this model has failed and they should now accept experienced and expert distributors are far better placed to ensure goods that are fully tested and certified to UK standards get to where they are needed, when they are needed and in the correct volumes rather than dispensing with that experience and starting a new system from scratch at such a critical time.”

 

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