The PDA (Pharmacists’ Defence Association)

The PDA is a not-for-profit organisation which supports the needs of individual pharmacists and pharmacy students and, when necessary, defends their reputation. We are the largest pharmacist membership organisation and the only trade union exclusively for pharmacists in the UK.

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    • Boots recognition: An 8-year Journey

      Thu 24th January 2019 PDA Union

      Boots Pharmacists’ legal battle to secure an independent voice at work in order to improve their working conditions will shortly reach its eighth anniversary. This means that it is likely that many of the pre-registration and newly qualified pharmacists now employed by the retailer had not finished secondary school when the action began. 

    • Insight Online – January 2019

      Wed 23rd January 2019 The PDA

      Welcome to the latest issue of Insight Online. This regular mailing keeps you updated on PDA news and events, as well as issues that affected you at work. 

    • Improving Equality at Boots

      Wed 23rd January 2019 PDA Union

      A key objective of the PDA Union is to tackle inequality at work and when we say that, we mean our constitution explicitly states that we exist to “promote equality for all and to eliminate all forms of harassment, prejudice and unfair discrimination…”  

    • Boots Ballot: An international perspective

      Tue 22nd January 2019 PDA Union

      We know that the senior management at Boots UK have spent 8 years preventing you from having your trade union, the PDA Union, legally recognised but have you ever wondered how Walgreen Boots Alliance (WBA) relate to pharmacist trade unions in other countries? 

    • PDA National Conference brings together renowned national and international speakers to help shape the future of pharmacy

      Tue 22nd January 2019 The PDA

      The PDA has announced the dates of their National Conference, titled “Moving from Supply to Services: Managing the risks; Embracing the Opportunities’, which takes place at the Park Regis Hotel in Birmingham on 30th and 31st March 2019.  

  • Upcoming events

    We are involved in a number of key events throughout the year.

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    The PDA is keen to support our members to engage with the new revalidation requirements successfully...

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    The PDA provide comprehensive cover for all the work of a pharmacist in a GP practice.

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  • PDA Union Recognition at Boots

    Boots pharmacists and pre-registration graduates will soon have the opportunity to vote for a better future, and an independent voice at work.
  • Safer Pharmacies Charter

    PDA members have produced a charter of seven commitments to improve safety and care for patients, through better working conditions in UK pharmacy practice.
  • The Role of Pharmacy Technicians

    The PDA have written an in-depth report that assesses the current role and capabilities of pharmacy technicians in the UK.

The Pharmacists' Defence Association is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England; Company No 4746656.

The Pharmacists' Defence Association is an appointed representative in respect of insurance mediation activities only of
The Pharmacy Insurance Agency Limited which is registered in England and Wales under company number 2591975
and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Register No 307063)

The PDA Union is recognised by the Certification Officer as an independent trade union.

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