The Company Chemists' 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.

Enabling community pharmacy evolution

The CCA aims to bring together the unique skills, knowledge and scale of our members for the benefit of community pharmacy, the NHS, patients and the public.

Today, the CCA has eight companies in membership. They are: Asda, Boots UK, Lloydspharmacy, Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Rowlands Pharmacy, Superdrug, Tesco and Well. Between them, our members own over 6,000 pharmacies representing almost 50% of the pharmacies in the United Kingdom.

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.

CCA members care passionately about the future of the community pharmacy network and the positive impact the sector can have on prevention, healthcare and in supporting the NHS.

Through our members' coverage and presence on the high street, in supermarkets, neighbourhood shopping parades, rural and urban areas, and co-located with general practice and hospitals, we are able to speak with authority and experience about issues affecting the community pharmacy sector on a national scale.

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.


Eleanor Fairbairn - Chair, Scottish Management Group

In Scotland the CCA works through its Scottish Management Group to liaise with Community Pharmacy Scotland at the national level, and Pharmacy Contractor Committees at a local level.

All of our member companies operate pharmacies in Scotland, representing around 50 per cent of community pharmacies across the country.


Louise Allen - Policy Manager, Wales
Paul Harris - Chair, Welsh Management Group

In Wales the CCA works through its Welsh Management Group to liaise with Community Pharmacy Wales at the national level, and with the Health Board Forums at a local level.

All of our member companies operate pharmacies in Wales, representing more than 50 per cent of community pharmacies across the country.