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advocacy program

Since its inception SMI has worked to fulfill its mission of advancing supply chain performance. As a result, numerous assessments of industry related issues/problems, educational activities and tools have been developed. Despite the great work, gaps exist between understanding and execution of SMI recommended change that is real and sustainable. Advocacy presents SMI with an opportunity to enable transformative change resulting in improvements to long recognized problems or challenges in the industry.

SMI has defined advocacy as an action that speaks in favor of, recommends, supports, or argues for necessary changes resulting in improvements to the healthcare supply chain leading to improved patient care. It is not SMI’s intent to lobby or become a lobbying body, but to engage in activities that enable action for change.


Alignment, Conformance, Compliance (Alignment with SMI’s Vision, Mission; Conformance with SMI’s Founding Principles; Compliance with laws, rules, regulations)

Member Involvement & Engagement (Solicit member consent whenever possible; Solicit member involvement by aligning their companies/entities advocacy interest)

Disclosure (Solicit member consent whenever possible; Solicit member involvement by aligning their companies/entities advocacy interest)

In collaboration with C4UHC, SMI has endorsed the ANSI/NEMA SC 1-2020 American National Standard for Supplier Credentialing in Healthcare as an industry best practice.

Potential ISSUES for Advocacy

  • Data Standards/UDI
  • Country of Origin
  • Sterilization
  • Recalls/Centralization
  • Automation
  • Credentialing


  • Collaboration
  • Resilience & Transparency
  • DE&I
  • Clinical Integration
  • Joint Commission

Background on SMI  

SMI is a non-profit, 501(c)(6), member-driven organization dedicated to improving the healthcare supply chain. Since our formation in 2005, SMI has delivered on our mission through direct information exchange and collaboration between senior supply chain executives from integrated healthcare provider organizations and senior supply chain executives from supplier and service provider organizations. SMI members include healthcare providers, academic medical centers, manufacturers, distributors, technology providers, consultants, and other healthcare supply chain businesses.  Created to influence, shape and advance the future of the healthcare supply chain, SMI provides an open forum for innovative idea-exchange and the development of collaborative process improvement initiatives.