How to verify PPE suppliers

26/06/20

A crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the necessity of verifying personal protective equipment (PPE) suppliers. Having a reliable source of these supplies helps protect workforces and customers. Furthermore, knowing how to approach this issue provides a framework that can be used in the future as well.

Avoiding PPE Suppliers That Aren't Verified

Unfortunately, whenever there is a crisis such as the pandemic, many people try to take advantage of the needs it generates. This is especially true for essential equipment that can save lives like PPE. There are a number of steps that companies can take to reduce the likelihood of procuring inferior equipment or supplies.

Determine Longevity

While some businesses are able to convert their normal business operations from its core objectives to making PPE relatively easily, most are not outfitted in order to do so. Determine if the company has previously been manufacturing PPE or healthcare equipment. A strong presence in the healthcare products industry helps ensure that any PPE meets the strict standards required.

Check for Quality Assurance

Ensuring the PPE meets the highest quality standards requires a multi-pronged approach.

First, the raw materials used must be the finest available. Just as important is the method of manufacturing. This must meet or exceed the international quality standards outlined in ISO13485:2016.

PPE and related healthcare products destined for the European market including the UK must also be certified to meet the regulations developed by the EC. Depending on the product it must comply with either the Medical Devices Directive 93/42/EEC or the PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425. .

Performance is Never Sacrificed for Price

In an effort to remain competitive - especially in times of crisis when there is a high demand for healthcare products like PPE - some companies might try to secure more sales by offering reduced prices. However, reputable companies that provide PPE never cut corners on quality and rarely reduce their prices to take advantage of the market. 

Commitment to Innovation and Research

A strong commitment to utilising the latest research to develop products that integrate the latest in technology is necessary to keep up with the ever-changing standards of the healthcare industry. This type of commitment needs to be long-term and not just started simply because of the pandemic.

Strives to Meet High Customer Satisfaction Standards

Customer satisfaction is the backbone of any business. Developing a reputation for caring and effective customer relations is vital in establishing accountability. Anticipating the needs of customers and delivering excellence every time demonstrates a commitment to both quality and loyalty.

This checklist provides a starting place for establishing if a PPE supplier is verified. Aero Healthcare is focused on providing our customers with all of the above. Contact us today to learn more about our PPE or for more information about our company.


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