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Fáilte go PDA na hÉireann, Welcome to the Ireland Chapter of PDA

Dear PDA Ireland members and colleagues,

PDA is delighted to announce that we have recently introduced student bursaries for second level undergraduate and post-graduate students. The second level award is for students who have been accepted to present at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

If you have any contacts at secondary schools please feel free to pass on details to the appropriate science teachers inviting them to encourage any students who may have projects in the medicines field accepted by the exhibition to apply for this award. They can do this by sending an email to Grainne Smith (

The Parenteral Drug Association is a leading provider of science, technology and regulatory information and education for the pharmaceutical, bio-pharmaceutical community. PDA was founded in 1946 as a non-profit organisation and continues to develop scientifically sound practical technical information and resources to advance science and regulation to the expertise of its members. The Irish chapter was founded in 2006 and currently has over 140 members. Since 2006 the Irish chapter has brought together committed professionals from industry, regulatory authorities (HPRA) and academia for scientific discussions and seminars. These have covered topics such as emerging trends, new technologies in research, development and manufacturing excellence, quality defects, microbial controls etc.

As a non-profit organisation, its success depends on the willingness of volunteers to attend the Irish chapter meetings and by supporting committee members who have planned and delivered some excellent programmes over the past number of years. Details of these programmes and all upcoming events can be found in the attached links on the home page. Many opportunities exist for Ireland to contribute to the PDA community and the details can be found on our website. These include joining the chapter committee, writing an article for our journal (PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology), speaking at an event, organising an event and becoming a member of an interest group taskforce or advisory board, attending an event. I think getting involved in  PDA activities is a deeply rewarding experience where you will meet colleagues with very similar interests to your own. Being a PDA member/volunteer has distinct advantages,

  • building a network of people who can help solve your problems
  • providing practical information and advice
  • meeting people with a broad range of experiences
  • receiving updates on current issues and developments

Please contact us with your ideas for topics of interest
Yours sincerely,

Declan Quinlan

Thank you to our 2018 Chapter Sponsor