Specially Sourced Items
What are ‘Specially Sourced Items’ and products?
Due to the urgent global demand for products integral to the COVID-19 response, there has been a need to source new products from new suppliers to meet trusts’ requirements. NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) have therefore created a team dedicated to the procurement of additional specific ICU / Clinical Consumable products in the treatment of COVID-19.
What products are available?
Once new products are available they will be added to the table below. You will also be notified via our ICN channel as and when new specially sourced products become available or are delisted.
Last updated: 19 October 2020
|Adult Non Invasive Breathing Circuit||FAG4841|
|BIPAP Accessories Connector 22F 22F||FAG4847|
|Breathing Circuit Heated||FDC1528|
|Closed Suction Catheters||FSQ2602
|Heat and Moisture Exchange Filter Ported||FFR011|
|HME Filter with Sampling Port||FTC687|
|NIV Full Face Masks – Beyond||FAG4850
|NIV Full Face Masks – Soundway||FAG4839
|Reservoir Bags – 2L||FDC1531|
What validation or testing have these products undergone?
Before supplying a new product to the NHS, every product must meet the relevant technical and regulatory standards as set by the cross-Government Decision Making Committee. This committee consists of the:
- Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
- Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC)
- Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
- Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS)
- Additional experts as required.
New product request
Firstly, the new supplier and product details are submitted to the government’s Incident Management Team. The submissions are completed by an external party such as HSE, MHRA or a local procurement team and the details will include the product name, supplier, and description of the product with accompanying photos. The photos submitted will display where applicable:
- The packaging (inside and out)
- The product itself
- Any product labelling
- Any inscriptions on the product
- Any documents or certificates accompanying the submission.
Next, to ensure they meet essential health and safety requirements, the products are reviewed and inspected by a specialist validation and testing team at one or more leading NHS organisations, alongside the Incident Management Team.
To purchase any of the specially sourced products, please log into the NHS Supply Chain online catalogue.
If you have questions that aren’t covered by the information provided here, please raise with your NHS Supply Chain Account Manager who will help you get the support you need.