Department for Health and Social Care answers Rehman's written question on essential health products

On 1st September 2020, Rehman submitted the following written question: 

"To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria his Department applies to determine what goods qualify as essential health products."

Jo Churchill MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care has provided the following response:

"The Department does not identify essential health products for policy purposes. It does, however, recognise a number of Category 1 goods – goods which are “critical to preservation of human or animal welfare and/or national security for the United Kingdom”.

The Department’s Category 1 products are human medicines, covering prescription-only, pharmacy and general sales list medicines, clinical trials and children’s vitamins; medical devices and clinical consumables; vaccines; nutritional specialist feeds, including infant milk formula and biological materials such as blood, organs, tissues and cells."

All of Rehman's written questions can be read here: