About BOPA

BOPA is the British Oncology Pharmacy Association, founded in the autumn of 1996 and grew out of the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA).

The purpose of BOPA, which is a registered charity, is to promote excellence in the pharmaceutical care of patients with cancer through education, communication, research and innovation by an alliance of hospital, community and academic pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, those in the pharmaceutical industry and other healthcare professionals.

BOPA’s principal objective is to promote excellence in the pharmaceutical care of patients with cancer, thereby improving their quality of life. We aim to do this within our ten Mission Statements.

Further details can be found in the BOPA constitution.


Our mission statements

Promoting the highest standards of pharmaceutical practice within oncology.

Promoting the role of the specialist oncology and haematology pharmacists and technicians.

Supporting and developing recognition and accreditation of oncology as a speciality area of pharmacy practice.

Leading, promoting and encouraging oncology pharmacy practice research.

Encouraging and promoting specialist postgraduate and other education of pharmacists and technicians in the knowledge and practice of oncology and oncology pharmacy.

Informing and guiding the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, National Health Service and Department of Health about the pharmaceutical needs of patients with cancer.

Developing and monitoring standards of pharmaceutical practice in cancer care.

Fostering alliances between hospital, community and academic pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with those working in the pharmaceutical industry and other healthcare professions.

Facilitating communication through appropriate media such as newsletters and other publications, symposia and by providing network opportunities.

Encouraging and informing consideration of occupational health and safety issues for personnel working with hazardous anticancer agents.

Who is behind BOPA

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee work on behalf of the BOPA members to prioritise and co-ordinate the many activities and workstreams required to achieve our goals.

Meet our Executive Committee


There are several subcommittees & working groups that report directly to the Executive Committee each month. These subcommittees & working groups support the executive committee and keep the organisation at the forefront of care.

View our Subcommittees

Affiliated Groups

There are several affiliated groups to BOPA. The groups and BOPA work together jointly to promote excellence in the pharmaceutical care of patients with cancer through education, communication, research or innovation.

Explore our Affiliated Groups

25th BOPA Symposium 2022

7th to 9th October 2022 at The ACC Liverpool

Members: www.bopa.org.uk/2022-members-symposium-link/
Non members: Contact Media1Productions: [email protected]
Please see Key information before for accommodation information.

Please click here to view the latest agenda.

Early-bird rate applies up until Monday 22nd August 2022

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Corporate Members

Please click on the logos below to take you to our corporate members websites. Our corporate Members financially support the work of BOPA through membership and are vitally important to us and our work. Please click here to see all the corporate members.

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