Report of Foreign Private Issuer
Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16
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August 01, 2017 
Commission File Number 001-14978
(Registrant's name)
15 Adam Street
London, England WC2N 6LA
(Address of registrant's principal executive offices)
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1 August 2017
Smith & Nephew plc (the "Company")
Commencement of Quarterly Buy Back Programme
The Company will now commence its Quarterly Buy Back programme of 309,247 of its Ordinary shares of US 20¢ each through Merrill Lynch International (the "Buy Back Programme").
The Company intends to hold these shares in Treasury.
These shares were used in connection with employee share schemes in Quarter 2 2017 and will be purchased at the prevailing market price.
The purpose of this Buy Back programme is to reduce the share capital of the Company, in order to keep it broadly constant. The maximum pecuniary amount allocated to the Buy Back Programme is £4,500,000 and the maximum number of shares that will be purchased under the Buy Back Programme is 309,247. The Buy Back Programme will commence on 2 August 2017 and will end no later than 4 August 2017.
This announcement is made in accordance with the Market Abuse Regulation 596/2014.
Vickie Reuben
Deputy Company Secretary
Smith & Nephew plc
Tel: 01923 477410
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
Smith & Nephew Plc
Date: August 01, 2017
By: /s/ Susan Swabey
                                                                                                                              Susan Swabey
                                                                                                                      Company Secretary