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Certificate in Human Pharmacology

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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. For more information, see the Candidate Guide and Syllabus.



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.



The fee for enrolling on the CHP programme is £1000 which covers administration of the programme and the examination. 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. For more information, see the Candidate Guide and Syllabus.


Programme registration

If you would like to apply for CHP, please complete the registraton form below. You can register for the programme at any time, but you cannot enter the exam until you have completed the two compulsory courses. Please email the Examinations and Standards Manager at if you have any questions. See our CHP Course and Exam Details for 2020 and read the CHP Terms and Conditions before you register.

Register here: CHP Registration Form


Exam registration (for enrolled candidates only)

The 2020 examination will be held on 30 March 2020 at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine in Islington, London. The exam takes place once a year in February/March. Registration for the 2020 exam will open in mid January 2020.


Candiate Guides and Regulations

To download further details about the examinations, see the links below:

Candidate Guide and Syllabus
Examination Handbook: Guidance and Regulations
Reasonable Adjustment Policy
Examination Appeal Procedure