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We are the Pharmacy Law & Ethics Association

Welcome to the Pharmacy Law and Ethics Association (PLEA)

PLEA is an independent, non-profit association for pharmacy professionals who are involved in law and ethics and for lawyers or ethicists who are involved in pharmacy. We welcome pharmacists, former pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and lawyers whose work or interests comprise the application of law, ethics and professionalism to pharmacy practice in all its forms, as well as academics, trainers and students in pharmacy education in the UK and elsewhere.

PLEA aims

To be a forum for the study and development of legal and ethical aspects of pharmacy practice and promote understanding of the ethical basis for professional judgment

To identify and debate legal or ethical questions raised by the developing nature of pharmacy practice

To provide informed comment, reports, or representations where appropriate, on legal and ethical issues arising in pharmacy practice

To provide educational opportunities for members and others who are interested in pharmacy law and ethics


2018 Annual Seminar

 Wednesday 16th May 2018 10.00 - 3.30

At the offices of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, 5 Fleet Place, London EC4M 7RD 

This years seminar will look at recent changes in the law affecting pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy practice, as well as exploring how fitness to practise is dealt with in other jurisdictions such as Australia, Canada and a US State. 

The programme will include

  • You, the jury: a mock trial involving new defences to prosecutions for dispensing errors under section 64 of the Medicines Act and how the defences might work (or not) in real life
  • Fitness to Practise - a comparision of processes in different common law jurisdictions
  • Dishonesty - how it arises and is dealt with in Fitness to Practise cases
  • Ethical issues when pharmacists collaborate with GPs  

Copies of the presentations given will be available to members following the event

To register to attend please register via the events page.

The Annual General Meeting of PLEA will also be held at this meeting