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With the ongoing need for appropriate, certified personal protective equipment (PPE) for businesses and the general public, on 30th April 2020, the Government temporarily reduced VAT to zero on these items.

Many organisations will now welcome the relief of burden of VAT across products recommended by Public Health England for use in connection with protection from infection with Coronavirus, as many have previously been unable to recover the VAT on these items.

These changes are effective from 1st May to 31st July 2020.

Products covered by the zero rate include:

  • Disposable gloves
  • Disposable plastic aprons
  • Disposable fluid-resistant coveralls or gowns
  • Surgical masks – including fluid-resistant type
  • IIR surgical masks
  • Filtering face piece respirators
  • Eye and face protection – including single or reusable full face visors or goggles


For more information about the VAT change click here.

For updated Government guidelines on PPE click here.

For further information on the VAT treatment contact the VAT helpline. If you have any questions about this change, email

Safety First

How do you know your PPE is safe?

In order to provide maximum protection for the individuals wearing PPE, products must meet specific safety standards, as recommended by the British Standards Institute.

For more information about checking the certification and compliance of your PPE, read our blog below…

Is your PPE safe?