NCP Surgical Face Masks – Type IIR Standard (ICN 460)

Important Customer Notice NCP

Ref: 2018/460 ICN Number: 460
  • NCP Surgical Face Masks – Type IIR Standard will be extended for six months from 31 October 2019 until 30 April 2020. This will allow for the Category Tower Service Provider to reopen competition.
  • The products and supplier remain the same.
  • The incumbent supplier, Molnlycke Health Care Ltd, has increased prices across the two product lines for the six month extension period.
  • Type IIR Surgical Face Masks, remain available through NHS Supply Chain catalogue at the most competitive market price.
  • Please refer to the product listing below for further information on the affected product codes.
  • Customers are advised to log into our website to view the NCP products.

The NCP for Type IIR Face Masks launched on 31 October 2018. Following customer enquiries, we would like to provide you with further detail around the strategy, specification and the products that will be delisted.

The strategy was to award a sole supplier contract (authorised by NHSI and BSA pre-May) for Type IIR Face Masks providing greater protection to patients. The specification of this type of mask is a higher quality than Type I and Type II.

Here are the mask specifications:

  • For Type I and II Surgical Face Masks, the breathing resistance would be (non-splash resistant surgical face masks) ≤3.0 mm H2O/cm2.
  • For Type IR and IIR Surgical Face Masks, the breathing resistance would be (splash resistant surgical face masks) ≤ 5.0 mm H2O/cm2.
  • The Type IIR Surgical Face Mask offers a higher level of protection, without stepping up to a mask which requires fit testing and has a more restrictive feel.

This NCP is forecasted to deliver up to £622,000 national savings and will deliver a higher quality mask at a lower price in most cases across the NHS.

Trust Impact Statements have been available to trusts since week commencing 24 September 2018. These statements detail the impact to each trust where they are purchasing a very low-priced Type I or Type II Surgical Face Masks.

If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Account Manager or Customer Service Advisor.


  • Nationally Contracted Products (NCP) initiative is strategically co led by NHS Improvement and the Department of Health and is being operationalised by NHS Supply Chain.
  • NCP is a procurement tool that aims to implement the Carter Report recommendations to harness the national buying power of the NHS, remove “unwarranted product variation” and improve efficiency. The initiative is focused on driving savings through reducing variety at a sub category level and channelling national commitment to this reduced product range.
  • The aim of the tender and mini competition was to aggregate national demand to deliver optimum efficiencies and a single national price to support the upfront national pricing strategy and provide savings to the NHS.


  • Molnlycke Health Care Ltd has been awarded as the supplier for Surgical Face Masks – Type IIR Standard.
  • As of 31 October 2018, the products of the following unsuccessful suppliers will be delisted from the online catalogue for a minimum period of 12 months:
    365 Healthcare
    3M United Kingdom Plc
    Halyard Health UK Limited
    IMS Euro Ltd
    Iskus Health UK Ltd
    Meline Industries Ltd
    Valmy Sas Limited
  • The NCP product will become available to order on 31 October 2018.
  • There are potential national savings of £622,331 (31.58%)*.

Next Steps:

  • For information on trust specific savings opportunities please contact your Account Manager. Trust Impact Statements will be available in the week commencing 24 September 2018.
  • Central updates will be carried out to the relevant favourites lists, standing orders and eDC requirements to ensure a smooth transition and enable savings to be immediately realised.
  • If you have any questions about the Nationally Contracted Products, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Account Manager.

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  • 460 NCP Surgical Face Masks Product Listing

    An excel file showing the product listing for ICN 460.
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  • 460 Delisted Products

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