There will be no change to the gas colour identification which will remain on the shoulder of the cylinder, or the colour coded collars that BOC use on its cylinders. BOC Healthcare’s integral valve oxygen, ENTONOX and HELIOX21 cylinders already have this "new look" with a white body and the name printed on the body and are an example of the type of appearance that will be gradually applied to all medical gas cylinders
BOC Healthcare, as the largest supplier to the UK market has a significant population of cylinders. It will therefore be necessary to introduce these changes on a phased basis. In order to minimise the inconvenience of these changes, the MHRA has approved an extended conversion period which will mean medical gas cylinders can be supplied in both colour schemes. The identification chart provides information for those involved in handling or using medical gas cylinders to help them understand the changes.