CMO consultation on overseas medical donations

01 July 2021

The SMP encourages its members active in this area, and their partners in Malawi, to feed into a review of the standards required for donations of medical equipment abroad commissioned by Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO). The deadline for input is 9th July 08.30.


Dr Gregor Smith, Chief Medical Officer of Scotland said: “Scotland’s health expertise supports care for patients around the world. I have asked a small working group to review guidelines for donating medical equipment to low-resource countries to ensure we are at the forefront of best practise.”

The new working group will be chaired by David Cunningham, chief executive of Kids Operating Room, and is seeking views and opinions from organisations currently donating and receiving medical equipment before proposing a new framework for medical donations in the autumn.
Please note there are two different surveys depending on whether your organisation donates or receives medical equipment. Some respondents will also be asked to attend virtual roundtable discussions and/or one-to-one interviews. If you would like to participate in these, please indicate so in the survey.
The SMP sits on the Executive Committee on Global Health which meets twice a year to promote effective and coordinated health sector involvement in global health. The group is chaired by the Chief Medical Officer and members comprise NHS, royal colleges, the third sector, public sector agencies, industry, and academic institutions.

The NHS Scotland Global Citizenship Programme, launched in June 2018, supports the Scottish Government’s International Development Strategy, by making it easier for all NHS staff to participate in global citizenship. The Programme promotes the ethical and sustainable donation of surplus kit to low and middle income countries by NHS Health Boards where it is safe and appropriate to do so. Further information on the Programme can be found at