Why join the PDA?

As well as providing insurance cover, we offer a wide range of defence association benefits designed to improve the status and working environment of the individual pharmacist and, by so doing, this improves patient care.

The PDA (Pharmacists’ Defence Association) is a not-for-profit membership organisation that looks after the interests of individual pharmacists. We are staffed by experienced pharmacists and lawyers and are supported by an extensive advisory board. Over 31,000 of your colleagues have already joined us. Read below to find out why you should become a member of the PDA today.

  • We defend our members when they are faced with a conflict
  • We proactively lobby the individual pharmacist’s agenda
  • We challenge employers, regulators and government on behalf of our members
  • We provide insurance cover to safeguard and defend our members’ reputations

Key Member Benefits

£5,000,000 Professional Indemnity (PI) Insurance* (£10,000,000 limit option available for Primary Care and GP Practice based members)

£5,000,000 Public Liability (PL) Insurance* Cover in the event that a pharmacist accidentally causes damage to a third party or their property

£500,000 Legal Defence Costs Insurance* To cover the payment of legal fees for the following: 

  • Employment Tribunals
  • Professional Tribunals
  • Prosecutions
  • In-Depth Taxation Investigation
  • Injury and Fatal Accidents
  • Contract Disputes
  • Jury Service Reimbursement
  • 24-hour Legal Advice Line

Membership of the PDA

There are many extra discretionary benefits of being a member of the PDA, which are provided over and above the protection provided by dint of the insurance cover:

  • Employment and Professional Support
  • Locum Contract Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Advice
  • Risk Management Development
  • Active Education and Research Agenda
  • Proactive Lobbying
  • Interactive Communication

Membership of the PDA Union

Enhances the membership benefits to include automatic rights of representation in disputes with employers and certain collective bargaining rights. This means that in serious job-threatening situations, PDA Union officials are able to accompany members to disciplinary meetings with employers

PDA Plus 

Giving access to a range of specially-negotiated preferential services for PDA members, whether it’s a meal out with friends, your weekly grocery shop, income protection cover or renewing your car insurance, PDA Plus has a deal that could save you money



Not yet a PDA member?

If you have not yet joined the PDA, we encourage you to join today and ask your colleagues to do the same.

Membership is FREE to pharmacy students and pre-regs.


Read about our key member benefits here.



*The insurance included with PDA membership is arranged and administered by The Pharmacy Insurance Agency (PIA) Ltd who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Register No 307063).

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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