In facilitating the essential shipment of COVID-19 related medical equipment by air, the Civil Aviation Authority and the Department for Transport are working to ensure the legally required aviation permissions are processed promptly.
However, in order to minimise delay and reduce the risk of applications being rejected (for instance if the operator cannot satisfy safety or security standards), it is worth ensuring the logistics provider/airline is aware of the necessary steps for them to operate by air to/from the UK.
The necessary permissions differ regarding the nationality of the airline and their destination. However, general information on what is required to operate to the UK is published here. If permissions are needed, the operator should leave sufficient time for these permissions to be processed and apply as soon as they are able to.
If the operator is in any doubt about what they need, are a new/small operator, or if they have not operated to/from the UK before, then we advise they consult this advice and if needed, get in touch with the UK CAA at the earliest opportunity.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the NHS England and NHS Improvement specialised High-Cost Tariff-Excluded Devices (HCTED) programme.
To allow NHS providers to devote maximum operational effort to the NHSE/I COVID-19 action plan*, NHSEI have advised a temporary pause on any new migrations to the central supply route for HCTEDs.
Where an NHS provider has completed migration to the central supply route, they must continue to place orders via this route.
*This action plan was laid out in a direct communication to NHS Providers from Simon Stevens and Amanda Pritchard on 17 March 2020.
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