Detailed guide: Producing hand sanitiser and gel for coronavirus (COVID-19)

HMRC will give at least 30 days notice before we withdraw these temporary measures.

If you’re already producing hand sanitiser

If you are authorised to use duty-free spirit to produce hand sanitiser for hospitals

You’ll be automatically authorised to produce sanitiser for care homes.

Removal of limits on denatured alcohol and duty-free spirits used in the production hand sanitiser

You do not need to apply to increase to your annual usage limit if you’re already authorised to use trade specific denatured alcohol 1 or duty-free spirit to produce hand sanitiser for retail or hospital use.

If you’re authorised to use TSDA 6 or 7

You can produce hand sanitiser if you’re already authorised to use trade specific denatured alcohol 6 or 7.

If you want to produce hand sanitiser

If you want to produce or use denatured alcohol or duty-free spirit to make hand sanitiser, you should apply to HMRC in the usual way, unless you’re a licensed distiller or gin manufacturer.

Licensed distiller or gin manufacturer

If you hold duty suspended ethanol in an excise warehouse, you can denature the ethanol by either:

You will not have to give HMRC notice or have the method of denaturing approved.

If you supply trade specific denatured alcohol and duty-free spirit

If you’re a licensed supplier of trade specific denatured alcohol and duty-free spirit you do not need to restrict the volume supplied, but you should continue to:

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