Warnings over inaccurate infrared thermometers in UK

As fever is widely documented as a key symptom of Coronavirus, naturally the pandemic has seen a huge surge in demand for non-contact temperature measuring devices, including infrared thermometers. Unfortunately, this has allowed a lot of unregulated and inaccurate instruments to infiltrate the UK market.


Recent warnings in the British media, including the BBC, state that accurate infrared thermometers should carry a CE or UKCA mark. This comes after warnings from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).


Director of MHRA Devices division, Graeme Tunbridge said “People in the UK are unknowingly buying poor quality infrared thermometers which do not meet the required standards of safety and performance. It is important that people know what to look out for when purchasing these products, or any other medical devices online. You should always look for the CE or UKCA mark on any medical device – this will either be on the device or on its packaging, and that includes when you are buying these products online”. You can find the full article here.


At Brannan, we have been manufacturing and supplying thermometers since 1913 – and as quality is a core company value, we ensure all our digital and infrared thermometers carry the regulated CE or UKCA trademark, so customers can rest assured our products are always to the highest standard and accuracy.


Products ideal for non-contact temperature measurement from Brannan.co.uk include:


Advanced body & surface, non-contact infrared thermometer

Compact, non-contact, infrared body thermometer

Non-contact, automatic infrared temperature scanner


Alternatively, view our full range of healthcare and medical instruments here.


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