Privacy & Cookies

The Society’s Privacy Policy sets out how we gather and disseminate information via this website. This policy may be updated at any time without notice. You should review this policy regularly for changes, as the policy in force is the one posted on this website from time to time.


     The legal position

The Society is subject to UK and European privacy legislation, which regulates how we can use personal information. All personal information supplied to us via the website will be protected by us in accordance with the current relative legislation and the terms of this policy.  Other than a specifically provided herein, we will never disclose your personal information to any third-party without your prior approval.


     What will we do with the personal information we collect?

If you wish to benefit from any of the online services that we offer via the website and/or to register with us for membership, events, electronic newsletters, printed journals, educational services including grants and bursaries, forums or communities or any other services which we provide now or in the future, you will need to provide us with certain personal information. However, it is not necessary for you to provide us with any personal information in order for you to access the general information sections of the website.

In addition to providing the services mentioned above, we will use the information that you provide to us online to deal with your requests and/or enquiries; carry out analysis; improve the quality of our services; maintain our records for administrative purposes; track use of web pages; protect the website against unauthorised access; comply with statutory and/or regulatory obligations and send you information that we believe may be of interest to you.


     Who might we disclose your information to?

We will not share your personal information with any third parties but if you choose to purchase any subscriptions, services or publications from us we will pass your personal information to a secure, third-party payment service provider and any such third party will require further information from you in order to process your payment. If you subscribe to or request copies of our publications we may need to provide details of your name and address to third parties for the purpose of dispatch and distribution. This information will always be provided with a prohibition on use other than for the purpose for which it is specifically provided.

We may disclose your personal information to public sector bodies if we are required to do so by law.


     Usage tracking

Any tracking or cataloging we might do is never associated with individual users. We use tracking information to determine traffic to the different areas of the website. We only track how well each page performs overall, so that we can continue to improve user experience.



We may sometimes use a device called a cookie to store login or other information on your computer. A cookie is a small piece of information stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies are used to make the link between you and the information you have provided to the website, to identify users and to customise their visit by personalising web pages for them. If you disable cookies from your browser, you may not be able to access certain features of our website.

The table below lists the cookies we use and why:




More Information

Browser Session Cookie


This cookie is set after member logs in to the BPS website and facilitates SSO (Single Sign On) across our member sites (, and By becoming a member of the site you accept the terms of usage, including the setting of cookies.

This cookie does not display any identifiable or tracking information and is deleted after the three hours.

Google Analytics


These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Click here for an overview of privacy at Google


Cookies for social media

We have a Twitter account (!/BritPharmSoc) and a Facebook page ( Both Twitter and Facebook use cookie technology. For more information, please see the Twitter Privacy Policy and Facebook Privacy Policy.


Find our more about cookies and how to manage your settings

To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit


     Use of personal data out with the European Economic Area

By submitting personal information to the Society via its website, you agree that the Society may legitimately transfer your personal information to third parties located out with the European Economic Area, but we would only do this for the purpose of notifying you of or facilitating services which you have requested &/or which we provide &/or which we believe might be of benefit or interest to you as a member of the Society.  This does not include making your personal information available to commercial organisations unless you have specifically authorised us to do so.


     Changes to your personal data

Should you wish to have your personal data updated or corrected, you may both access and correct your record online or, alternatively, you may contact and we will update or correct your information as soon as possible.



The Society’s systems operate secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. We periodically review our security and privacy policies and update them as necessary.  Only authorised personnel have access to the personal information provided via our website.

You should note and accept that there are inherent risks of providing information and effecting transactions via any website and whilst endeavouring to take all reasonable steps to protect your personal information, the Society cannot accept any liability or responsibility for any breach of security unless this is due to our negligence.


     Your consent

By using this website, you consent to the Society collecting and using your personal information in accordance with the terms of this policy.  If at any time you wish the Society to cease using your personal information, please contact


     If you need to see the personal information we hold on you

If you require a copy of your personal data that we retain, we will provide it to you as soon as we can but may charge a fee as permitted by law.

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