The Koninklijke Nederlandse Maatschappij ter bevordering der Pharmacie (KNMP) is the professional and branch association for pharmacists and pharmacies. As a national organization for pharmacists, the KNMP (1842) represents both the interests of its members and those of the pharmacy. Click here for more information about the KNMP.

The VJA has been committed to the interests of young (public) pharmacists since 1995 and is helping the young pharmacists on their way during the important first years of their careers. The VJA responds to problems and issues that are mainly encountered by starting public pharmacists. The association can be a link between you as a student or recently graduated young pharmacist and the government, pharmaceutical institution and the business community. The VJA does this, among other things, by organizing refresher courses and informative meetings, as well as social activities. A few examples are the annually recurring Spring Day, the Care 4 Pharmacy Masterclasses or jointly evening symposium with the jongNVZA. Moreover, we have a lot of contacts in the region, where lots of informative and fun activities are organised.. The VJA also works closely with the Association of Pharmacists in Training to Hospital Pharmacist (jongNVZA) and the National Organization of Aspirant GPs (LOVAH). For example, regular activities are organized at both on a regional and on a national level. Last but not least, ‘De Jonge Apotheker’ magazine is published four times a year.

Membership of the VJA

Would you like to develop yourself as a young pharmacist? Sign up as a member of the VJA! It is possible to acquire a student membership as (bio-)pharmacy student with a bachelor title. The student membership costs €15,- each year. This membership brings many benefits:

  • You receive a discount on symposia and activities of the VJA
  • You receive e-mails with the latest updates on pharmacy and activities
  • You receive De Jonge Apotheker four times a year
  • Information and guidance during the further training to a public pharmacist
  • Advice on career opportunities as a pharmacist
  • And lots of fun!

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The Vereniging van Nederlandse Industrie-Apothekers (NIA) is an independent association that was established in 1955. The association has regular members and extraordinary members. Regular members are pharmacists working in the industrial field. The other members, also working in industrial pharmacy and academically trained, are extraordinary members. The association has more than 500 members of which approximately 400 ordinary members. Click here for more information about the NIA.

The Nederlandse Vereniging van Ziekenhuisapothekers (NVZA) supports pharmacists from the hospital in their professional and social responsibility to ensure optimal (specialist) pharmaceutical care for patients who have a treatment relationship with their hospital. The NVZA is a scientific association and stimulates and promotes research, innovation and expertise promotion. The NVZA is affiliated to the FMS (Federation Medical Specialists) in which scientific associations of medical specialists work together to optimize specialist care for patients in and from hospitals. As of 1 January 2016, the NVPF (the Dutch Association for Outpatient Pharmacy) merged into the NVZA. Click here for more information about the NIA.

The Nederlandse Vereniging voor Klinische Farmacologie en Biofarmacie is active for all pharmacists in the field of clinical pharmacology and bio-pharmacy. The NVKFB promotes education, research, practice and cooperation in clinical pharmacy and bio-pharmacy. The members consist of specialists in internal medicine, hospital pharmacists and other professionals with a biomedical background. Click here for more information about the NVKFB.