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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some questions we often get asked regarding the Hospec range. Hopefully you will find what you're looking for here, but if you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

About Hospec

Q Where can I buy Hopsec?

A We sell to companies that will then service places like Doctors surgeries, Dentists etc. Our customers are Lidl, Primeline & the NHS. For sales queries / you would like to purchase, please contact enquiries@mcbride.co.uk who will forward your request to the relevant person.

Q Why can't I buy / where is...

A A couple of the Hospec products have now been delisted as follows; Dishwasher Salt & Dishwasher Liquid. If there are any other products you cannot find please contact us on enquiries@mcbride.co.uk.

Q Which Hospec products have passed the BS EN 1276 standard?


Material BSEN Standards
Hospec 4.6% Thick Bleach 5ltr BSEN1276 & 14476
Hospec 4.6% Thick Bleach 750ml BSEN1276 & 14476
Hospec Thin Bleach 5ltr Yes - BSEN 1276
Hospec Detergent Sanitiser Powder 500g BSEN 1276, 13697 & 13704. Forall surface disinfection requiring1,000ppm or 10,000ppm available chlorine.
Hospec Chlorine Tablets Tub 200 BSEN 1276, 13697 & 13704. Forall surface disinfection requiring1,000ppm or 10,000ppm available chlorine.
Hospec Bactericidal Cleaner 750ml Yes - BSEN 1276
Hospec Pine Disinfectant 5ltr Yes - BSEN 1276
Hospec Daily Use Toilet Cleaner 750ml BSEN 1276:1997
Hospec Professional Toilet Cleaner 750ml BSEN 1276:1997
Q Please can you send me an MSDS for Hospec products?

A Hospec MSDS sheets can be found here under the ‘Our Products’ section. If there are any MSDS sheets that you can’t find, please contact us directly on enquiries@mcbride.co.uk.

Q What is the shelf life for the Hospec products?

A I am afraid that at this stage we cannot be more specific as current regulation does not require us to have exact shelf life dates for such products. Under the BPR the situation will be different. The standard shelf life is extrapolated from the stability we carry out on the product. We tend to say standard of 12 months (however we have stated 2 years when pushed). There is no other specific data we can give.

Q Where can I find some pumps for the Hospec range?

A For dosing some of the products, you will need a Pelican Pump which can be sourced online from various companies e.g. Contico.

Q Do we have commodity codes for Hospec?

A Yes we do, please request from enquiries@mcbride.co.uk.

Q How can I tell the batch number and expiry date on your products?

A The batch number is a 4 digit number, e.g. 3123. The first number refers to the year, i.e. 2013. The next three numbers indicate the day of that year, i.e. the 123rd day of 2013 in this instance. Expiry is 1 year from the date of manufacture.

Q Is HOSPEC suitable for the manual cleaning of dental instruments?

A HOSPEC Liquid detergent is suitable for the manual cleaning of dental instruments and prompt decontamination is always recommended as mentioned in HTM01-05. However, spraying the products, if prompt decontamination isn’t possible, does reduce the adsorption of proteins onto the instruments. You should check with the instrument manufacturer as there are different recommendations for different steels, e.g. stainless steel, carbon steel, etc. Carbon steel for example needs to be dried quickly and completely after cleaning so soaking wouldn’t be recommended. Stainless steel should be fine with our HOSPEC detergent as its pH neutral but check with the manufacturer to be sure as grades of steel vary. The water temperature should ideally be around 40degC, and it would be best practice to use a thermometer (mercury-free). Higher than 45degC there is a risk of coagulating protein and consequently inhibiting its removal.

Q Do HOSPEC products have CE marking?

A There are three European Directives concerning medical devices as follows:- The Active Implantable Medical Devices Directive (90/385/EEC). The Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EEC): as amended in Directives 2000/70 and 2001/104 on medical devices incorporating stable derivatives of human blood or human plasma, The In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Directive (98/79/EC). No HOSPEC product is intended for use in any of these application areas. Therefore none of them have any CE marking. We recommend using the Hospec Neutral Detergent as a pre-wash to your sanitising routine e.g. a washer disinfector & as such do not require the CE marking as there is no valitable process. We are not recommending that this replaces standard sterilising procedures.

Q What are the uses for HOSPEC products?

A Please refer to the individual HOSPEC Product Use sheets which you can find within the ‘Our Products’ page.

Q Do you have a certificate of conformity for your Hospec Products?

A Yes, these are available on request. Please contact our Hospec team on enquiries@mcbride.co.uk.

Q Are the Hospec products food grade?

A To be food grade, the products need to be odour and taint free. This is only the case for the antibacterial spray. The products have not been ‘food safety tested’ so we cannot claim food safe.

Q Is the Hospec bleach safe to use in septic tanks?

A Yes.

Q Are the Hospec Detergent Sanitiser Powder & Hospec Chlorine Tablets Tub 200 suitable to use on floor tiles and concrete floors?

A The solutions made with the tablets at the recommended concentrations are suitable for all non-porous surfaces. Special precautions should be taken with metallic surfaces as corrosion tarnishing may occur. The detergent sanitiser powder is also ok to use on these surfaces.

Q What specific bacteria are the Chlorine tablets are tested against?

A We have data against Pseudomos aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus hirae, Candida albicans, Aspergillus niger, Clostrdifficil Strain 11209, Bacillus subtilis Strain NCTC10400, Bacillus cereus Strain ATCC12826, Poliovirus 1(ATCC VR-1562). Adenovirus 5 (ATCC VR-5)

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