The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine currently offers four different examinations for doctors and specialists working in the field of pharmaceutical medicine.
From 1976, the three UK Royal Colleges of Physicians awarded the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine. In 1994, five years after the creation of the Faculty, responsibility for the Diploma examination was transferred to the Faculty.
The Diploma examination syllabus covers a wide range of subjects from across the gamut of pharmaceutical medicine and is open to doctors who have entered a career pharmaceutical medicine and received structured training in the discipline.
For pharmaceutical physicians pursuing a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or Certificate confirming Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) in the specialty of Pharmaceutical Medicine in the UK, success in the examination is mandatory and indicates completion of the Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training (PMST) knowledge base.
The Diploma in Human Pharmacology is a 2-year programme of structured training for doctors to attain and demonstrate competence to serve as a Principal Investigator for exploratory studies of Investigational Medicinal Products (IMPs) in man. It is anticipated that the DHP will become the primary qualification for PIs.
Training for the DHP can run in parallel with Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training (PMST), with workplace experience recognised for both qualifications.
The Certificate in Human Pharmacology is a 1-year part-time programme for doctors and scientists to attain and demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects (design, monitoring, analysis, reporting, safety, ethics, regulation and law) of exploratory studies of IMPs in man.
In 2005, the Faculty introduced the Certificate of Good Clinical Practice examination, which is held once a year, usually in June. There are no specific eligibility criteria to register for the Certificate examination. It is open to all personnel involved in the conduct of clinical trials including research nurses, clinical research scientists and technicians as well as physicians. The examination will be held in the UK but candidates may be from any country. Successful candidates will be awarded the Certificate of GCP. To gain the required standard in the examination, candidates will need to prepare themselves.