The three largest community pharmacy associations have formed Pharmacy Voice to create a stronger, unified voice for their members.
Established in 1921, the National Pharmacy Association is the UK's leading trade body for community pharmacy.
Using the strength of one united voice, the NPA can influence UK wide decisions taken by other bodies, government bodies and agencies and to represent the interests of our members to the European Parliament.
As a UK-wide trade association for community pharmacy, our mission is focused on ensuring our members, pharmacy owners, prosper commercially and professionally through their integrated role in preventative healthcare and the treatment of illness.
The NPA philosophy:
To represent - The NPA represents community pharmacy in order to expand the overall market opportunity for community pharmacy. This is achieved through the development of policy in conjunction with its members, the delivery of underpinning evidence in support of that policy and the powerful communication of that policy and members' interests to the EU, UK Government, other healthcare professionals and the general public.
To support - The NPA supports members in their businesses through the provision of high quality, cost effective and relevant support services that either increase revenue opportunities or reduce costs for members in order that their businesses are able to maximise profitability.
To protect - The NPA protects the interests of its members through the provision of high quality, cost effective professional indemnity insurances, other insurances and legal advice to protect members professionally and commercially from adverse events.
The Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp) is led by a Board of 6 Directors, supported by the Chief Executive and General Manager. The Board hold regular meetings to discuss and consider AIMp responses to various consultation papers, current professional issues and to negotiate business support services and facilitate the sharing of best practice and information among members.
The Board is also supported by a Management Committee who provide advice and information to the Board to assist in the development of policies for the Association.
The Company Chemists' Association provides a forum for the large businesses engaged in community pharmacy to work together to help create an environment where pharmacy can flourish and providers compete in a fair and equitable way.
We aim to:
Today, the CCA has nine companies in membership. They are: Boots, The Co-operative Pharmacy, Lloydspharmacy, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Asda, Rowlands Pharmacy and Superdrug. Between them, our members own over 6,400 pharmacies representing almost 50% of the pharmacies in the United Kingdom.
The CCA also has eight associate members with whom it works in close partnership on areas of common interest.
Founded in 1898 as The Drug Companies Association Limited, the original seven members of the CCA included Boots, which then traded as Boots, Cash Chemists Ltd (Western). The Association's main objective was to support and protect the character, status and interests of its members who 'carried on the business of chemists and druggists'. The CCA has always been influential in ensuring that policy and regulation enables multiple pharmacy to expand, and it has actively championed the position of corporate pharmacy on many issues.
Today, with the CCA's professional profile higher than it has been in the past, the Association is consulted extensively on pharmacy issues by the government and other professional bodies, and its influence is felt at both a national and local level.
The CCA is formally represented on the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, Community Pharmacy Scotland and Community Pharmacy Wales, and on statutory local pharmaceutical representative bodies across the United Kingdom.
The CCA is a founding partner in the Health Policy Forum, a pan pharmacy think tank that champions innovative primary care policy thinking. The CCA is one of four national pharmacy organisations that supports the All Party Pharmacy Group.
The expertise, experience and commitment to community pharmacy of CCA member companies is widely respected. This reflects the importance placed by our members on working together collaboratively to ensure the future vitality and viability of the community pharmacy sector.