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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

We enjoyed a successful AGM on 16 May 2018, and had a record turnout to hear presentations testing the new defence to dispensing error prosecutions under section 64 of the Medicines Act 1968; a comparision of fitness to practise procedures in common law jurisdictions; ethical issues when pharmacists collaborate with GPs; and how the issue of dishonesty is dealt with in Fitness to Practise cases, especially since the Supreme Court decision in Ivey v Genting [2017] UKSC 67.

At the AGM, we updated our constitution so as to open membership to all pharmacy professionals, to ensure that pharmacy technicians could become members.

In his Chair's report, David Reissner said he aimed to use Twitter more, to promote PLEA.  In fact the conference has generated a lot of traffic on Twitter.  Please contribute @PLEA_UK

The minutes and presentations will be added to the website as soon as possible.