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FPM accreditation


Several of our modules are accredited by The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (FPM) of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, the body responsible for ensuring and maintaining standards in the discipline of Pharmaceutical Medicine. 

The modules form part of FPM training programmes as follows:

Certificate and Diploma in Human Pharmacology

The following two King’s College London Pharmaceutical Medicine modules form a core part of the FPM's Certificate and Diploma in Human Pharmacology programmes:

Certificate in Human Pharmacology (CHP)

The Certificate in Human Pharmacology is a one-year part-time programme for doctors and scientists to attain and demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects (design, monitoring, analysis, reporting, safety, ethics, regulation and law) of exploratory studies of IMPs in man. The Certificate is intended for physicians and scientists in the pharmaceutical industry, universities and regulatory authorities, who have an interest in early clinical drug development.

In addition to the two King's College London Pharmaceutical Medicine modules listed above, candidates must also complete an FPM examination comprising two written papers.

Diploma in Human Pharmacology (DHP)

The Diploma in Human Pharmacology is a two-year programme of structured training intended for medical doctors training to take on the responsibilities of a principal investigator (PI) for human pharmacology studies of investigational medicinal products (IMPs).  It is anticipated that the DHP will become the primary qualification for PIs.

Training for the DHP can run in parallel with Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training (PMST), with workplace experience recognised for both qualifications.

The DHP curriculum consists of work-place training and clinical skills development; the two King’s College London Pharmaceutical Medicine modules listed above; a one-day course on medical management of study subjects, also provided by King’s College London; and an FPM examination comprising four written papers – two science and two medical:

Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training (PMST, formerly HMT)

The FPM has developed a specialty training designed to produce accredited pharmaceutical physicians.  The main route to obtaining specialist registration in Pharmaceutical Medicine is by undertaking Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training (PMST).  Prior to 31 July 2007, this training programme was known as Higher Medical Training (HMT) in Pharmaceutical Medicine.

Trainees on the PMST or HMT programmes develop their own personal training plan.  Most training plans consist of a mixture of on-the-job experience and external courses.  The following King’s College London modules are approved as HMT/PMST courses by the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine.

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For further information on the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine programmes, please visit their website.

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