Join PDA

The Pharmacy Defence Association (PDA) offers membership for individual Pharmacists and Owner or Manager Pharmacists, with an option for annual or six month membership:
  • Annual membership 1 January to 31 December
  • Six month membership 1 January to 30 June, or 1 July to 31 December

Note: if you are applying for membership on or after 1 July, please select a six month membership.

For more information on what PDA membership includes, click here.

All PDA members must complete a declaration when applying for or renewing membership to ensure PDA meets the requirements of our insurer. If this declaration is not completed each year you will not have full PDA protection in the event of an incident occurring.

Newly registered pharmacists who have successfully completed Assessment Centre are covered by the Owner or Manager PDA member at their intern site until the end of the current 6 month period (i.e. May Assessment Centre covered to 30 June or November Assessment Centre covered to 31 December). Make sure the Pharmacy Council has sent you a copy of your Pharmacist APC before you apply. Those who have registered during June should apply for a 6-month membership.

Pharmacists who are under supervision due to returning to practice or entering New Zealand practice via the Pharmacy Council's REQR process should apply for membership once their APC has been issued.

New member applications and payment can only be made by credit or debit card through our website. Membership will take effect once your application has been considered and approved. You will be notified via email once this process has been completed, along with a copy of your invoice/receipt.

Membership renewal payment can be made via credit or debit card, or account to account payment through our website.  These can be part of a bulk payment, however new member applications cannot be. Card payments incur a 1.7% transaction fee that is charged by the payment processing company and will not appear on your membership invoice/receipt.

Pharmacist membership

Pharmacist membership provides PDA protection for all pharmacist roles within the pharmacist and pharmacist prescriber scopes of practice; e.g. community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, clinical pharmacy, advisory roles.

Pharmacist membership is linked to the pharmacist and not the pharmacy, meaning if you change employment your membership goes with you.

Pharmacist membership:

  • Must hold current APC
  • Annual membership (1 Jan to 31 Dec): $275 (inc. GST)
  • Six-month membership (1 Jan to 30 Jun, or 1 Jul to 31 Dec): $175 (inc. GST)

Owner or Manager membership

Owner or Manager membership provides PDA protection for the membership holder, as well as cover for all employed non-pharmacist staff (e.g. interns, technicians, PACTs and retail assistants) for pharmacy-related matters. This cover is for the pharmacy named on the member's declaration form. Note: this does not include pharmacy students or technician students on placement. This membership also provides double the amount of public liability protection for the pharmacy (compared to Pharmacist membership).

An Owner or Manager member may only make a declaration for one pharmacy. Those who own more than one pharmacy must nominate one pharmacist per additional pharmacy to be an Owner or Manager member. This is to ensure that all the pharmacies and their non-pharmacist staff have the full range of PDA membership benefits and protections.

Owner or Manager membership:

  • Must hold current APC
  • Annual membership (1 Jan to 31 Dec): $335 (inc. GST)
  • Six-month membership (1 Jan to 30 Jun, or 1 Jul to 31 Dec): $225 (inc. GST)

Hospital Pharmacist membership

This category is no longer available, however PDA provides membership for Hospital Pharmacists under the membership categories above.

To register for PDA membership, click here