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Routes to specialist certification

There are two routes that a pharmaceutical physician can take to gain entry in the GMC specialist register for pharmaceutical medicine:

Route 1 – Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training

A pharmaceutical physician will be awarded a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) by the GMC and gain entry in the specialist register for pharmaceutical medicine after:

  1. completing the Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training  programme; and
  2. the GMC receives a recommendation from the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) that they are eligible for the CCT.

Route 2 – Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration

This route is for a pharmaceutical physician who wants to gain entry in the specialist registration based on their experience and equivalent knowledge and capabilities to a pharmaceutical physician who has been awarded the CCT.

The pharmaceutical physician must send a CESR application to the GMC together with a portfolio of evidence mapped to the specialty specific guidance (SSG) for pharmaceutical medicine.

Visit the GMC’s CESR webpage for extensive guidance on the application process and collating evidence.