WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                       Report of Foreign Private Issuer

                       Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16
                       of the Securities Exchange Act of

                                 May 30, 2003

                       Commission File Number 001-14978

                              SMITH & NEPHEW plc
                              (Registrant's name)

                                15 Adam Street
                           London, England WC2N 6LA
             (Address of registrant's principal executive offices)

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reports under cover Form 20-F or Form 40-F.]

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as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(1).]

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     [Indicate by check mark whether by furnishing the information contained
in this Form, the registrant is also thereby furnishing information to the
Commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2 (b) under the Securities Exchange Act of

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registrant in connection with Rule 12g3-2 (b) : 82- n/a.

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         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: May 30, 2003                               By:   /s/ Paul Chambers
                                                       Paul Chambers
                                                       Company Secretary


28 May 2003

                          FOR CENTERPULSE COMBINATION

Smith & Nephew announces that it has received regulatory clearance for its
combination with Centerpulse AG from the European Commission.

Accordingly, all competition and antitrust related conditions to Smith &
Nephew's combination with Centerpulse have now been satisfied. The wait period
under anti-trust legislation in the United States expired earlier this month.

Smith & Nephew reiterates that Zimmer's intention to make a formal offer for
Centerpulse is subject to a number of conditions, as well as further due
diligence, following which Zimmer has reserved the right to reduce its offer


Smith & Nephew plc                               Tel: +44 (0)20 7401 7646
Angie Craig
Corporate Affairs Director

Financial Dynamics                               Tel: +44 (0)20 7831 3113
David Yates

United States of America

The offer for Centerpulse shares is being made in the United States only
through a prospectus/offer to exchange, which is part of a registration
statement filed with the SEC by Smith & Nephew Group. Centerpulse shareholders
who are US persons or are located in the United States are urged to read the
registration statement, including the prospectus/offer to exchange included
therein, and the other documents filed, or to be filed, with the SEC by Smith
& Nephew Group or Centerpulse relating to the Centerpulse offer, because they
contain important information about the Centerpulse offer. You may obtain a
free copy of these documents from the SEC's Web site at You may
also obtain this information from Morrow & Co., Inc., the U.S. information
agent for the Centerpulse offer, at (800) 607-0088, or by e-mail at