Specially Sourced Items

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

Product NPC Specification Instructions
Adult Non Invasive Breathing Circuit FAG4841
BIPAP Accessories Connector 22F 22F FAG4847
Breathing Circuit Heated FDC1528
Closed Suction Catheters FSQ2602
Exhalation Port FAG4844
Heat and Moisture Exchange Filter Ported FFR011
HME Filter with Sampling Port FTC687
Humidification Chamber FDC1529
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.

Product review

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.

Next steps

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.

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  • 1080 Specially Sourced Items Product Listing

    An Excel file detailing the affected product codes for ICN 1080.