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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


PLEA seminar 2022

We are delighted to announce that our annual seminar will take place on 4 May 2022 at the offices of Brabners LLP, 55 King Street, Manchester M2 4LQ. The programme is below, but please note that the timings are provisional and that booking will be essential. Click on the Events tab to register to attend. We will confirm bookings by 31 March 2022.



10:00-10:30     Registration and coffee/tea

10:30-10:35     Chairman’s welcome and introduction

10:35-11:15     Assisted suicide and the role of pharmacists in end-of-life care – Andrea James and David Reissner

11:20-12:00     Update on veterinary medicines – Rob Morris

12:00-12:15     Coffee/tea

12:15-12:45     Annual General Meeting

12:45-13:45     Lunch

13:45-14:30     Sexual misconduct in healthcare Fitness to Practise cases – Mark Harries QC

14:35-15:15     Legal and ethical implications of hub & spoke dispensing – Richard Hough

15:15-15:30     Concluding remarks