PQMD Releases 2016 Guidelines for Quality Medical Donations
Members of Partnership for Quality Medical Donations Reaffirm their Commitment to Safe and Effective Product Donations
Annapolis, Md. – June 28, 2016 – The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) today announced that their Guidelines for Quality Medical Donations have been updated and released for 2016.
The PQMD Guidelines serve to provide a framework to guide and inform the medical product and device donation community on best practices and responsible strategies to assess and implement global donation programs.
“Each year, we put substantial effort into reviewing, revising, and updating our Guidelines to support the changing landscape of medical product and service donations,” said Kimberlin Keller, senior manager of corporate contributions for Johnson & Johnson, and chair of the PQMD guidelines committee. “We work in an ever-evolving arena of challenges, and we want to ensure our guidelines remain relevant and valuable to others, helping them to build and maintain high standards of contributions and service.”
The 2016 edition of the PQMD Guidelines, recently approved by the PQMD 38-member Board of Directors, reflects the base of knowledge, experience and expectations of the membership for how medical product donations will be judged going forward. It is PQMD’s hope that other organizations will join PQMD member companies and non-profit organizations in using these standards to guide their work in supplying donated medical products, addressing needs being experienced by partners both in their own countries and globally.
“Since inception, PQMD has grown into such a multi-dimensional and dynamic organization, but we remain steadfastly committed to this set of industry guidelines,” said PQMD Executive Director Elizabeth Ashbourne. “It is the foundation upon which we were built, and we continue to be dedicated to our members, our partners, and the donation community at-large to assuring we remain a pillar of guidance.”
PQMD is a dynamic alliance and global network between nonprofit and corporate organizations leading in the development and championing of guidelines on quality for the donation policies and practices; delivering of urgent care in disaster situations, and delivering life-saving products and service to at-risk and chronically under-served populations. The organization’s beginnings go back to 1996, when an informal alliance of several non-governmental organizations (NGOs), pharmaceutical companies, and medical device firms joined together to develop guidance regarding medical donations. To learn more, visit www.pqmd.org.