2008 – MSROs came together to form the MedSurplus Network. [incorporated, not 501(c)(3)]
    2012 – The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations, funded by a grant from Catholic Health Association, hosted a MSRO conference at the Carter Center in Atlanta.
    • The conference provided an opportunity to explore the feasibility of expanding the MedSurplus Network’s capacity and programs.
    • A volunteer steering committee formed to follow up on the conference action items, which included exploring association services, membership benefits and to drafting a  Code of Conduct to guide medical surplus recovery programs.
    2013 – MSRO Code of Conduct is published.
    • The MSRO project moves to VisionLink, Inc. for leadership and administrative support.
    • Steering Committee launched a website and social network tools to support ongoing projects and communication. Zambia and Mozambique pilot projects explored.
    2014 – The MSRO accreditation model is developed approved and pilot begins.
    • MSA Leadership Council – Cross-sector leaders, who had demonstrated support for the MSA mission and goals, were invited to join the MSA Leadership Council.
    • MSRO/MedSurplus Alliance Conference held in Houston, TX. The second Leadership Council meeting was held and identified the following next steps: create a new non-profit organization, develop the governance structure and identify participant’s roles.
    2015 – The MedSurplus Network becomes the MedSurplus Alliance.
    • The MedSurplus Alliance becomes a program of Avancera partners. Avancera is 501c3 nonprofit whose administrative and fiscal procedures are tailored to support it’s growing collaborations.
    • The MSRO Stakeholder Committee sponsors a series of webinars and networking conference calls.
    • The MSA Accreditation Program pilot ends with four MSROs successfully completing the process.
    • The Leadership Council approves awarding pilot accreditation to four MSROs.
    • The MSA opens membership to medical surplus recovery stakeholders committed to advancing the Code of Conduct and quality medical donation practices.
    For more information and an in-depth perspective on the MSA creation and leadership please check out this early article and interview with Lori Warrens, posted by Bruce Compton, Senior Director International Outreach, Catholic Health Association.