International committee overview

The international committee explores European, international and immigration issues of interest to the medical profession and makes policy recommendations.

Location: International UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Friday 2 July 2021
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The BMA's international committee includes representatives from all the main branches of practice. Members discuss European, international and immigration issues of interest to the medical profession and make policy recommendations.


Our priorities

  • Brexit - including mutual recognition of European medical qualifications and workforce pressures.
  • Global health - including supporting the health information needs of doctors in low resource settings.
  • Fair medical trade - including protecting the health and rights of workers manufacturing medical products used in the NHS.
  • UK immigration legislation - including how changes to the immigration rules affect doctors and medical students.
  • Refugee health and doctors - including the key legal, ethical and practical considerations for doctors providing care to refugee and asylum seekers. 


Our people

Chair: Dr Kitty Mohan
Deputy chair: Dr Bethan Roberts


Chief officers (ex-officio)

Professor Raanan Gillon, President
Dr Helena McKeown, Chair of the representative body
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chair of council
Dr Trevor Pickersgill, Treasurer

Appointed by BMA committees

Dr Gurdas Singh, Board of science
Dr John Firth, Consultants committee
Dr Bethan Roberts, General practitioners committee
Katherine Ripullone, Junior doctors committee
Professor Peter Dangerfield, Medical academic staff committee
Dr John Chisholm, Medical ethics committee
Asim Abbas, Medical students
Vinod Tohani (deputy: Dr Bharat Pankhania), Public health medicine committee
Dr Ujjwala Mohite, Staff and Associate specialists committee

Elected by the Representative body

Dr Terry John
Dr Andrew Rowland
Dr Kitty Mohan
Dr Ellen McCourt

Heads of delegations (co-opted):
Dr Mary McCarthy, UEMO

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Our meetings

The international committee meets three times a year to discuss the latest issues. These meetings are open to committee members only.

Meeting dates:

  • Wednesday 10 February 2021
  • Wednesday 5 May 2021.

All our meetings take place either virtually or at:

BMA House
Tavistock Square

For more information, email [email protected].


How to join IC

There are many advantages to becoming involved in our committees. You can actively influence BMA policy-making and negotiations, represent your colleagues' voices and develop your leadership skills. 

Each committee has a few routes to becoming an elected member. In the case of the IC, this is: 

ARM elections
  • Seats/term - every year, elections for four seats on IC take place for a one-session term.
  • Timeline - the nomination period opens a month before ARM and voting closes a few days after ARM.
  • Eligibility - all BMA members can stand for election but only ARM delegates can vote.

The election section below is kept up to date with details about any running elections, so make sure you keep checking it throughout the year.  



ARM elections 2021 to 2022

The International committee is holding elections for four seats for a one-session term, with not more than two members from the same type of medical practice.


To stand in this election, you must:

  • be a BMA member
  • have a BMA online account.

Only ARM delegates can vote in this election.

Nominations and casting your vote

  • Nominations - from 12pm on Monday 5 July 2021 to 10am on Monday 13 September 2021.
  • Ballot - from 1pm on Monday 13 September to 5pm on Thursday 16 September 2021.

Read our guide on how to use our online system for elections

Take part in the election


Results will be announced from Friday 17 September 2021 on the election portal.

If you have any questions about these elections, please email us


Get in touch

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the work of the international committee, email [email protected].