About ICPA

More about the ICPA


The Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA) was formed in May 2011 following the amalgamation of the United South African Pharmacies (USAP), the SA Progressive Pharmacy Association (SAPPA) and owners of independent community pharmacy not aligned with either of these associations, to provide independent community pharmacy with collective strength and a coherent voice that is heard by government, medical schemes, pharmaceutical suppliers and importantly, the consumer.

ICPA represents the largest pool of professionals in the healthcare sector with over 1 100 pharmacies, about 2 500 pharmacists and 20 000 supportive healthcare personnel spread across metropolitan, urban and rural South Africa.

The objective of ICPA is single-mindedly to assist members in securing a vibrant and sustainable future as independent, owner-managed pharmacies. With this, gaining or retaining the understanding and recognition by stakeholders and industry players of the role that independents can (and do) play in delivering important healthcare services to the communities that they serve, is imperative.

The ICPA’s objective is to advance the cause of independent community pharmacy, aims will be achieved within the following framework:

  1. Grow the prosperity of independent community pharmacy members
  2. Represent the professional and propriety interest of members, vigorously promoting and defending these interests
  3. Commit to high-quality pharmacist care and restore, maintain and promote the health and well-being of the consumer
  4. Petition the appropriate legislative and regulatory bodies in the best interest of both our members and the consumer
  5. Act in an ethical and socially responsible manner

Elements of the strategy for 2019 include:

  1. Retain existing members and increase membership within each province to over 80% of independent pharmacies.
  2. Engaging with medical aid schemes to address inappropriate dispensing fees, closed networks and penalty co-payments.
  3. Introduce business opportunities, new revenue streams and business tools for members.
  4. Positioning independent community pharmacy (IP) with Government into NHI.
  5. Drive Pharmacy In Action campaigns, positioning IP with the consumer.
  6. Attract young talent through bursaries, training, mentoring programmes and internships

The ICPA strategy is regularly reviewed by the ICPA Board of Directors. Implementation is driven by the management team in collaboration with the directors, regional branch chairs and committees and carefully selected professionals who share the same values as ICPA members


  • ICPA is registered as a non-profit company with the Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC) in terms of the new Companies Act of 2008.
  • ICPA is registered as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) with the Department of Social Development in terms of the Non-profit Organisations of 1997.
  • ICPA is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) with the Tax Exemption Unit (TEU) of the South African Revenue Services (SARS) in terms of the Income Tax Act of 1962.
  • The association has a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer and Board of Directors which are elected by members of ICPA at the annual general meeting.
  • The Board meets once every quarter to review and monitor the strategic plan.
  • The CEO, with the assistance of the Board and Regional Branch Chairpersons, is responsible for overseeing the execution of the strategic plan, within the mission and values of ICPA and running an effective, well-administered ICPA office.
  • Regional Branch Chairpersons are elected by regional members wherever possible, failing which they may be appointed by the Board.
  • The ICPA has had a clean audit year on year since 2012
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