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Certificate in Pharmaceutical Medicine

Exam: Wednesday 15 September 2021

Exam News

The CPM exam is now online with remote invigilation

Because of the ongoing concern for large gatherings and in order to ensure that examinations could go ahead, FPM received GMC approval to run our examinations online in 2020/21.

The CPM examination will be held Wednesday 15 September 9:00-11:30 UK time. The application period for the examination will open in Monday 1 March and close Friday 6 August 2021.

For more information go to online examinations.

Gaining our Certificate in Pharmaceutical Medicine (CPM) will mark your commitment to the specialty and dedication to improving the health of society. The qualification will consolidate your understanding of the core theories of pharmaceutical medicine and is your first step towards achieving a full Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (DPM).

Is the CPM for you?

The CPM is designed for pharmaceutical physicians who have been working within the field for at least two years and are looking for career development opportunities.

You must possess a medical qualification recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK or be included on an appropriate medical register in your home country. All candidates must be registered as medical practitioners.

How will the CPM benefit you?

Gaining a professional qualification in your chosen specialty can have a hugely beneficial impact on your career – and pharmaceutical medicine is no exception.

FPM qualifications are recognised all over the world. Obtaining the CPM will provide formal recognition of your knowledge and expertise in the specialty – and of your ongoing commitment to training and career development.

The CPM is challenging and will give you a sense of personal achievement, both academically and professionally. You will also be halfway towards achieving a full Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (CPM is also the DPM Part 1 Exam).

Achieving the CPM will enable you to:

  • Increase your employability – giving you the edge when applying for a new job or promotion
  • Build your professional reputation
  • Demonstrate your knowledge and expertise in pharmaceutical medicine
  • Improve your professional skills

"...a great opportunity to build your knowledge and skills in pharmaceutical medicine. The exam requires preparation and significant study, but is very much worth your investment."

A recent DPM awardee

Registration and fees

  • CPM exam entry fee: £380

You need to be registered with this website to use online exam registration and card payment is required at the point of booking. The deadline for registration is 17:00 on 6 August 2021.


Withdrawal Policy:

A candidate who withdraws from the exam must do so via email.  Fees will be refunded in full to a candidate whose withdrawal reaches the FPM office before the application deadline.

A handling fee of £50.00 will be charged to candidates who withdraw after the application deadline but up to a minimum of 3 weeks before the date of the exam, candidates who withdraw after this period will be subject to a £75 PER PAPER fee.

A candidate who does not appear for the exam or withdraws after starting the exam will not be entitled to a refund.

Privacy Notice: If you are registered or anticipate being registered with the GMC, your personal data, including exam marks, will be passed to the GMC for quality assurance purposes and to facilitate the awarding of CCTs. Please note our privacy policy and terms and conditions.

If you are a physician in PMST or undergoing revalidation through an approved designated body, you should discuss the outcome of any exam at your next ARCP or revalidation appraisal respectively.

2021 Exam schedule:

The CPM qualification consists of one exam, held every autumn.
ExaminationDateStart timeDurationLocation
CPM Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) paper Wednesday 15 September 2021 09:00 2.5 hours Online

Examination Guidance and Regulations

A pass in the Certificate in Pharmaceutical Medicine (CPM) is also Part 1 of the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (DPM).

CPM is a Multiple Choice Question paper (MCQ) of 75 questions, each with five possible answers, all to be completed in 2 hours 30 minutes;

The time allowed for the written exam is sufficient to complete the papers working at a reasonable pace.  Please see our reasonable adjustment policy (pdf) for candidates who may require additional time.

Preparing for the exams

Candidates for the Certificate examination are not required to have attended a postgraduate course covering the syllabus for pharmaceutical medicine although they may find it helpful. There are many such courses currently being run in Europe including several in the UK.

Study of a current edition of one of the published comprehensive texts is highly recommended as preparation for the examination. Textbooks on key topics in the syllabus such as clinical trials, pharmacokinetics, medical statistics, safety assessments, etc, are also essential reading. Regulatory guidelines, particularly those issued by ICH, can also be a valuable source of up-to-date information. A suggested reading list is included in the CPM digital handbook.

For more information on preparing for the exam, see Guidance and Regulations: CPM Candidates.

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