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The face mask shortage

The latest on the global shortage of face masks, which has presented an imminent risk of disruption to all UK dental practices.

Page last updated: 12:30 23 March 2020.

Dentists across the UK are still facing a global shortage of the standard face masks. We've taken your concerns directly to the press, to government and to industry, as we urgently needed an increase in the supplies available to practices.


In addition, the supply chain for FFP3 equipment which are now required in certain circumstances is under strain too. This letter from NHS England and NHS Improvement to Primary Care Networks gives guidance on the supply and use of PPE.  If you are in England and cannot source FFP3 equipment from your usual distributor, please use these contact details to report supply disruption.


The supply distribution helpline should be able to answer PPE calls and emails 24/7 via the supply disruption helpline on 0800 915 9964 or email to help with queries. Emails will be answered within one hour.


We will provide further updates here, as soon as they become available.