BCGA releases new guidance to address oxygen supply concerns


UK trade body the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has produced guidance on the correct process to select authorised, licensed medical gas cylinder supplies in support of a recall from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), over falsified medical oxygen.

Drawn up by the BCGA’s specialist subcommittee for medical gases, TSC7, the guidance is aimed at dentists, vets and First Aid Responders, in addition to other professionals who purchase single cylinders of medical oxygen.

Earlier this year, the MHRA’s Criminal Enforcement Unit started an investigation into the unlawful supply of medical oxygen to a large number of dental practices across the UK, leading to the organisation publishing a medical recall alert to raise awareness of the issues.

“The MHRA will continue to work in collaboration with the BCGA to address the threat posed by the unlawful supply of medical oxygen to protect patient safety,” said Mark Ling, Senior Criminal Enforcement Officer at MHRA.

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