We are sad to announce the death of Douglas McIvor.


Douglas McIvor


It is with great sadness that I inform you that Douglas McIvor passed away on 2nd March 2018.

Douglas joined the Medical Devices Agency (later to become MHRA) in 1998, from Guy’s Hospital where he worked as a Senior Perfusionist.  He initially worked on a range of products and was soon promoted to a senior position with responsibility for anaesthetic and respiratory devices. A post he retained until he left the Agency in 2013.

Douglas approached his work with great enthusiasm and was proud to be associated with manufacturers and clinicians where his reliable and well balanced views were greatly appreciated.

He had a heavy workload investigating reports of adverse events and provided technical, policy and regulatory advice to senior colleagues in the Agency and the Department of Health. He was involved in a number of high profile cases providing advice to the police and other Government and Healthcare Agencies and as an expert witness at Coroner’s inquests.

In consultation with both users and manufacturers he was responsible for the publication of Hazard and Safety Notices which were distributed throughout the NHS as well as to European Competent Authorities and other overseas organisations. He was directly involved in the development of British and European Standards and represented the Agency at BAREMA meetings and at the AAGBI Safety Committee. His advice and expertise were recognised by the award of Honorary Membership of BAREMA and the Langton Hewer Award from the AAGBI.

One example of his dedication to his work was following a promotion exercise within the Agency - When Douglas was asked why he hadn’t applied for the post he simply replied, “I love my anaesthetics”.

In March 2014, Douglas opted for a different role by joining British Standards Institution (BSI) based in Saudi Arabia, where BSI along with several other companies were appointed Conformity Assessment Bodies, working for the Saudi Food & Drug Authority (SFDA), based in Riyadh.

Life in Saudi Arabia was very different.  However, Douglas settled well and lived on a secure compound where he met many people. During this time, Douglas became interested in photography, spending time out in the countryside (more desert) and with the support of his friends honed his photography skills.

His visa required him to exit the Kingdom every 30 days and he found his frequent trips to Dubai very enjoyable.

He really looked forward to the trips back to the UK to visit family and spend time with his two grandchildren.


The photograph above shows Doug's exploits on his Everest Expedition in 2015.