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COVID-19 and examinations

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

The examination papers have been set as usual, but instead of being taken as a written test in a central location, the examinations will be set up on computer and will be remotely invigilated through a company called TestReach. TestReach are a very experienced online provider selected by several of the other Colleges and Faculties to host their exams. They will support candidates personally in preparation for the taking the exams in the online system.

With this type of test, you decide where you wish to sit your exams, this could be at home or your workplace, but whatever is decided, you will need a computer with a webcam in a quiet environment free from distraction, and with a reasonably stable internet connection.  We hope that sitting the exams at a location of your choice will make the process less stressful and enable candidates to perform at their best. Most reasonable adjustments can be catered for and the standard process for adjustments will apply.

**New FAQs added below and exam protocols have been published**

Online exams with remote invigilation FAQs

The FAQs below apply to all exams in 2020, the Certificate and Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine and the Certificate and Diploma in Human Pharmacology (which have been rescheduled after cancellation of the written examination due to the lockdown).

They will be updated from time to time to ensure that any further questions are disseminated to all candidates sitting these exams. For any questions not covered by this FAQ please contact us at exams@fpm.org.uk.

The online tests will be delivered by TestReach. For further information on remote invigilation their system, please visit their website and their candidate FAQs.


We are using the exam papers prepared for the written exams using our usual procedures this year. Instead of writing answers using pen and paper, or in the case of multiple choice, using an MCQ answer sheet, everything is done electronically on a computer. Depending on the questions types, you might be selecting the answer by clicking your mouse or using your keyboard to enter data.