The move comes after an announcement by the DoH that it would like charities to begin supplying equipment such as wheelchairs, handrails and hearing aids.
The department's Transforming Community Equipment Services programme said disabled living centres, which advise disabled people on living aids, would be well placed to expand their services and sell equipment.
Alan Norton, director of Assist UK, said the trial would be held in the north-west of England.
The DoH is also holding nine community equipment roadshows in July and August. See www.csed.csip.org.uk for details.