Licence for stocking and sale of hand sanitiser no longer required: Govt


PTI, Jul 29, 2020, 8:27 AM IST

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has done away with the requirement of a license for stocking and sale of hand sanitizer to make it more widely available for the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to an official notification, the ministry granted the exemption under the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules but said that retailers have to ensure that such products are not sold or stocked after the date of expiry.

“The ministry received several representations for exempting hand sanitizer from the requirement of sale license,” the notification said.

The notification, dated July 27, stated that the central government is satisfied that hand sanitizer is essential to meet the requirements of emergency arising due to COVID-19 pandemic and their easy availability is made in the public interest.

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