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The Certificate in Human Pharmacology

The Certificate in Human Pharmacology programme for doctors and scientists to attain and demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of exploratory studies of investigational medicinal products (IMPs) in man. Completion of the course will enable you to ask the right questions, anticipate and address potential issues, learning from the experience of others.

Overview

The Certificate in Human Pharmacology (CHP) is a 1-year part-time programme for doctors and scientists to attain a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of exploratory studies of investigational medicinal products in man. The programme includes pharmacology applied to drug development, study design, basic pharmacokinetics, biomarkers of drug action, evaluation of new chemical entities, biological medicines and vaccines, safety, ethics and regulation. CHP will enable you to be better informed about the practicalities and underlying science of early studies of investigational medicines in humans.

Programme structure and curriculum

Participants in the programme are required to attend two courses at King’s College, London. These cover exploratory drug development including ‘first-in-human’ studies (5 days) and drug development pharmacology (5 days) at an advanced level.  In addition to post-course tests and assignments, there is also an examination comprising a multiple-choice question paper administered by FPM.

Eligibility

You need to have a BSc (or higher qualification) in a relevant biological science or medical degree. You don’t have to be working in human pharmacology, though some basic knowledge of Phase I studies is really helpful. Applicants who don’t have a basic knowledge of Phase I studies may be recommended to attend a basic course in Clinical Pharmacology prior to registering for CHP.

Fees

The fee for enrolling on the CHP programme is £1000 which covers administration of the programme and the exam. Fees for the teaching and materials associated with the CHP courses are charged separately by the provider, King’s College London. The fee does not include travel or accommodation expenses.

Programme registration

You can register for the programme at any time, but you cannot enter the exam until you have completed the two compulsory courses. Please contact us at exams@fpm.org.uk if you have any questions. See our CHP Course and Exam Details and read the CHP Terms and Conditions before you register.

Course registration: online form

Exam registration (for enrolled candidates only)

The exam scheduled for 30  March 2020 has been postponed to the Autumn. A new exam date will be announced as soon as possible. Please contact us at exams@fpm.org.uk if you have any questions.