New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has done away with the requirement of a licence for stocking and sale of hand sanitiser to make it more widely available for the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Also Read - Total Lockdown in Sikkim From May 17 Amid COVID Surge | Check List of Restrictions

According to an official notification, the ministry granted the exemption under the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, but said retailers have to ensure that such products are not sold or stocked after the date of expiry. Also Read - Coronavirus in India May 15, 2021, LIVE Updates: India's Covid Situation Hugely Concerning, Says WHO Chief

The ministry received several representations for exempting hand sanitiser from the requirement of sale licence, the notification said. Also Read - COVID-19 Pandemic To Be 'Far More Deadly' This Year, Warns WHO

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