The Healthcare Distribution Association (HDA) represents those businesses who supply medicines, medical devices and healthcare services to patients, pharmacies, hospitals, dispensing doctors and the pharmaceutical industry. HDA members operate across the four nations of the United Kingdom, enabling a safe, efficient and high-quality supply chain for the healthcare sector. Our members distribute over 92% of NHS medicines and provide wholesaling services including working capital, stock management and IT systems to their supply chain partners.
Good distribution practice is of prime importance in achieving the safe and secure supply chain that HDA companies play a vital role in. Our members adhere to the highest standards in medicines distribution, setting the benchmarks for our sector.
The HDA has three levels of membership: Full, Affiliate, and Associate.
Meet The Team
Martin Sawer, Executive Director
Martin leads all HDA activities. He is responsible for delivering the Association’s strategic aims and for cultivating key stakeholder relationships.Email
Jeremy Main, Independent Chair
Jeremy works closely with the HDA Council and Executive Director to identify future strategic challenges to the sector, whilst addressing immediate issues such as Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic.Email
Geoff Mellor, Technical Director
Geoff is responsible for all technical aspects of the Association, including liaising with stakeholders on medicines supply chain regulation at the EU and national levels.Email
David Cole, European Affairs Director
David represents the HDA on the Managing Board of the European Healthcare Distribution Association (GIRP) and leads on EU issues such as the Falsified Medicines Directive.Email
Will Browne, Policy and Media Manager
Will is responsible for coordinating the HDA’s political and media activity, as well as delivering member services. He manages the HDA Council and its Economic Affairs Committee.Email
Sally Cowan, Administrator
Sally oversees the HDA’s administrative function and is responsible for coordinating and organising events.Email
The Healthcare Distribution Association can directly trace its origins all the way back to the London Wholesale Drug and Chemical Protection Society, established in 1867. This group was largely comprised of multiple chemists, and subsequently broadened into The Drug Club in 1891. This forerunner organisation of both the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and the HDA governed relations with raw drug suppliers and brokers. Indeed, over the following years we can see how both Associations have common and overlapping origins and roots, reflected even today in the HDA’s thriving Associate Membership, many of whom are also ABPI and BGMA members.
From Factory to Pharmacy
As part of our mission to build awareness, understanding and appreciation of the vital importance of the healthcare distribution sector, we developed an infographic explaining the availability of medicines. It identifies the factors that can impact drug supply, as well as the measures that HDA members undertake day in, day out to help mitigate the risks of patients not receiving their medicines.See the Infographic
Apply to become a Member
Membership of the HDA guarantees your organisation:
- Access to leading policy and industry forums of debate and discussion
- Invitations to a range of networking industry events organised through the year, including an Annual Conference and a Business Day
- Representation on HDA working parties, including the Members’ Liaison Group
- A daily Political and Media Bulletin and HDA Newsletters
- Access to HDA policy documents and all sections of the HDA website
- Branding and marketing opportunities