Independent beer craft company BrewDog is going to reconsider its hand sanitiser formula after it was turned down by the NHS.

Last month, the brewer began producing the product in response to the coronavirus crisis.

In an Instagram post, the company vowed to deliver free bottles of the handwash to NHS Grampian. 

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The company said that they would not be selling the sanitiser and that it was only for them to give away to frontline workers and other charities and agencies in need. 

The NHS said that although they were grateful for the offer, the sanitiser could not be used at that time due to the fact it did not meet clinical standards.

A statement reads: "We are very grateful for the offer from many local businesses, including BrewDog to support the NHS at this time.

"Our supplies and equipment have to reach clinical standards before they can be put into use in health care settings and we have worked closely with the team at Brewdog to overcome some of these technical issues.   

"This has been a really successful collaboration with the Brewdog Team and we look forward to getting the gel fully operational in health and care settings right across Grampian. ​ 

"We at no time 'rejected' the offer, we instead chose to work together on finding a solution."

BrewDog founder, James Watt said: "We started making hand sanitiser at our distillery in Ellon, Aberdeenshire in response to the national shortage and are doing everything we can to help.

"The production of sanitiser is completely new for us, we are working closely with the NHS to understand how we can best meet their requirements for clinical care.

"In the meantime we will continue to supply frontline workers and charities."

Although the first batch of sanitisers were made of 68 per cent alcohol, requirements for hospital use mean the formula needs to be made of at least 80 per cent alcohol. 

James added: "We are working super closely with our friends at the NHS to meet their specifications for batch 2 at our own cost."


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