Production of hand sanitiser regulatory position

We have created a temporary regulatory position statement to support the alternative and temporary production routes of hand sanitiser as businesses adapt to meet demand in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

SEPA is committed to supporting everyone it regulates during the COVID-19 public health emergency, while maintaining protection of Scotland’s environment.

During this period, we expect regulated businesses to make their best endeavours to meet their environmental obligations and are helping regulated businesses to adjust and adapt recognising that resources and capacities are severely constrained.



SEPA’s focus is on making our best contribution to helping our nation get through this public health emergency in a way that protects and improves Scotland’s environment. We expect everyone we regulate to make their best endeavours to meet their environmental obligations and operators to be ensuring that the impacts of COVID-19 on the environment are minimised. 

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the normal supply of hand sanitiser needs to be significantly increased to meet demand from both the emergency services and the public. Alternative production sources are likely to be required. We are supporting regulated businesses to contribute to Scotland's effort by introducing this regulatory position.

This temporary regulatory position statement addresses the regulatory issues associated with that alternative and temporary production route.


Production of hand sanitiser regulatory position

Contact information

If you plan to contribute to the emergency production of hand sanitiser, please contact SEPA as soon as possible and prior to producing hand sanitiser at the installation/site. Please email, using “Hand sanitiser production” in subject line.

If you have any other questions, please use our online ask us contact form to get in touch.

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