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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


2019 Annual Seminar

Our annual seminar on 9 April 2019 included presentations on:

  • The legal and ethical implications of medicinal cannabis 

  • The trial of a pharmacist accused of medical manslaughter

  • The investigation, inspection and regulation of premises in the context of the GPhC's new approach to regulating pharmacies

  • Social Media and Professional Conduct

The seminar was well-attended and the presentations were all very well received. If you would like to see information made available by the speakers please see the events page and scroll down to "Past seminars and Past Conferences". 

At our AGM in the course of the day, we amended our Constitution so as to open membership of PLEA to anyone with an interest in pharmacy law and ethics, and the promotion of law and ethics in the practice of pharmacy. We also announced that free membership now available to pharmacy students.

To read the annual report of our Chair, David Reissner, click here PLEA Chair's report 2019 AGM