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.

Keeping patients safe is key to the role of every pharmacist. But less than safe working conditions risk harm to patients as well as damaging consequences for pharmacists – such as impacting on their physical or  mental health.

PDA members have produced a charter of seven commitments to improve safety and care for patients,
through better working conditions in UK pharmacy practice.  This charter defines basic standards to ensure safe practice wherever pharmacists work.

The commitments in the charter should be standard practice whenever and wherever pharmacy work is carried out. We actively encourage other interested parties to endorse the charter and those who own or manage pharmacies to adopt the charter and ensure the commitments are fulfilled in their pharmacies.

Download the charter here

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    The PDA has produced a charter of seven commitments to improve safety and care for patients. It appeals for improved staffing arrangements and working conditions for pharmacists which will enhance patient safety considerations in UK pharmacy practice. This charter defines basic standards to ensure safe practice wherever pharmacists work.  

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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