Is there such a thing as 'Critical supplier' status under the Dept. of Health (UK)?

Frypot

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Related to Corona virus:
We have been contacted by a customer who asks if we are classed as a critical manufacture by the Department of Health
They say they are and that this: "allows us to continue manufacture and distribution in the event of a nationwide lockdown."

I have spent about an hour Googling and searching the .Gov website and can find no mention of critical supplier in this context.
Is there such a thing, if so how does one achieve it?

If nobody has any experience with this we can go back to the customer for detail, but I'd prefer to look (and find!) without looking 'clueless' :)
 
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In the US government contracts can be DPAS (Defense Priorities and Allocation System) rated. The rating is required to be flowed down through the supply chain. Different ratings mean different levels on prioritization.

I'm unsure how this works in UK, but I suspect that if you had such classification you'd know about it.
 

Frypot

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Thanks, my feeling too was that we'd know.
However some of the 'older' staff seem to recall being on a 'government list' (sounds worrying!).
 
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