PDL Master Policy

PDL's Pharmacists' Liabilities Insurance Master Policy

PDL’s Pharmacists’ Liabilities Insurance Master Policy (PDL Master Policy) is underwritten by Guild Insurance Limited. All active members of PDL are afforded cover under this policy subject to the policy’s terms and conditions and any individual conditions that the underwriter places on an individual member’s cover. The cover provided by the PDL Master Policy is on a claims made basis meaning that you will be covered for claims first made against you during the period of cover regardless of when the incident that gave rise to the claim occurred, subject to the retroactive date and excluding known circumstances – please refer to the policy wording for full details. The PDL Master Policy provides cover for all pharmacy professional services as permitted by the Pharmacy Board of Australia (PBA) and relevant state and federal regulatory and legislative requirements subject to any specific policy Terms, Conditions and Exclusions. The PDL Master Policy is subject to terms, conditions and exclusions. It is important that you review the Policy Wording to understand what you are covered for in the event of a claim. If you are an existing member, you can log in and download a copy of the Policy Wording from the links below, otherwise please contact us on 1300 854 838 or email us at info@pdl.org.au to obtain a copy.
Professional indemnity Public Liability Products Liability
Cover Civil Liability in respect of any claim as a result of a breach of professional duty in the provision of Professional Services including: Your actual or alleged unintentional:a. defamation, libel or slander; b. unlawful discrimination; c. breach of Australian Consumer Law d. infringement of any copyright, trademark, registered design or patent; e. breach of any duty of confidentiality f. breach of any privacy legislation Civil Liability in respect of any claim for Bodily Injury of Property Damage Civil Liability in respect of any claim for Bodily Injury of Property Damage
Limit of Liability $20,000,000 $20,000,000 $20,000,000
Aggregate Limit $60,000,000 $60,000,000 $20,000,000
Inquires & Proceedings $500,000 N/A N/A
Molestation Defence Costs $500,000 N/A N/A
Vaccine Efficacy Legal Fees $250,000 N/A N/A
Loss of Documents $250,000 N/A N/A
Public Relations Costs $50,000 N/A N/A
Court Attendance Costs $1,000 per day $25,000 for all claims in the aggregate N/A N/A
Basis of Cover Claims Made Claims Made Claims Made
Retroactive Date Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Territorial Limit Worldwide Excluding USA / Canada Worldwide Excluding USA / Canada Worldwide Excluding USA / Canada
Jurisdictional Limit Australia Australia Australia
Additional Benefits
Continuous Cover
Court Attendance Costs N/A N/A
Fraud and Dishonesty N/A N/A
Good Samaritan Acts N/A N/A
Inquiries and Proceedings N/A N/A
Locum Tenens N/A N/A
Loss of Documents N/A N/A
Molestation Defence Costs N/A N/A
Practice Entity
Practice Staff
Public Relations N/A N/A
Reinstatement of Limit of Liability X
Run-off Cover (for members who retire or permanently cease to practice – not applicable to students)
Spousal Liability N/A N/A
Teaching, Publications, Expert Opinion Reports Conferences, Training, Teaching Conferences, Training, Teaching
Temporary Leave of Absence subject to policy terms and conditions
Vicarious Liability for Students, Consultants, Agents and Contractors Including Locum Tenens Including Locum Tenens
Volunteer Services < 60 days for approved countries N/A N/A

The PDL Master Policy provides cover for members involved in the administration of the COVID-19 vaccination so long as all relevant published professional and government approved training and protocols are complied with. Given that the general legal position in Australia regarding the efficacy of a vaccine product, or whether it is fit for purpose, is the responsibility of the manufacturer, the policy does not provide any cover in relation to the effectiveness of a vaccine administered, including:

  • failure of the vaccine to produce the intended result; or
  • any adverse outcome or side-effect caused by the vaccine itself

However, the policy does include an Efficacy Defence Costs additional benefit to provide PDL members with peace of mind. This cover is designed to protect members from speculative actions by third parties attempting to wrongly draw pharmacists in to a claim that should properly be pursued against the vaccine manufacturers. This benefit provides up to $250,000 legal costs associated with defending and investigating a claim regarding the effectiveness of a vaccine that is administered by a PDL member.