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The Certified Pharmaceutical GMP Professional understands the good manufacturing practices (GMP) as regulated and guided by national and international agencies for the pharmaceutical industry. This covers finished human and veterinary drugs and biologics, ectoparasiticides, and dietary supplements (alternatively called nutraceuticals) where regulated as drug products, as well as their component raw materials (includes active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and excipients), and packaging, and labeling operations.
Here are the minimum expectations, requirements, experience and exam specifics for a Certified Pharmaceutical GMP Professional.
Work experience must be in a full time, paid role. Paid intern, co-op or any other course work cannot be applied towards the work experience requirement.
Candidates must have five years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Pharmaceutical GMP Professional Body of Knowledge. A minimum of three years of this experience must be in a decision-making position. "Decision-making" is defined as the authority to define, execute, or control projects/processes and to be responsible for the outcome. This may or may not include management or supervisory positions.
There are no education waivers for this exam.
Here are the minimum expectations of a Certified Pharmaceutical GMP Professional.
This BOK includes subtext explanations and corresponding cognitive levels for each topic or subtopic. These details will be used by the Examination Development Committee as guidelines for writing test questions and are designed to help candidates prepare for the exam by identifying specific content that can be tested.
The subtext is not intended to limit the subject matter or be all-inclusive of what might be covered in an exam but is intended to clarify how topics relate to the role of the Certified Pharmaceutical GMP Professional (CPGP). The descriptor in parentheses at the end of each subtext entry refers to the highest cognitive level at which the topic will be tested. A more complete description of cognitive levels is provided at the end of this document.
Please Note: The Body of Knowledge for certification is affected by new technologies, policies, and the changing dynamics of manufacturing and service industries. Changed versions of the examination based on the current Body of Knowledge are used at each offering.
Download the Certified Pharmaceutical GMP Professional Body of Knowledge
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Each certification candidate is required to pass an examination that consists of multiple-choice questions that measure comprehension of the Body of Knowledge.
Computer Delivered - The CPGP examination is a one-part, 165- multiple choice question, four-and-a-half-hour exam and is offered in English only. 150 multiple choice questions are scored and 15 are unscored.
Paper and Pencil - The CPGP examination is a one-part, 150- multiple choice question, four-hour exam and is offered in English only.
All examinations are open book. Each participant must bring his or her own reference materials. Use of reference materials and calculators is explained in the FAQs.
To maintain the integrity of your Pharmaceutical GMP Professional certification, ASQ requires that you recertify every three years. Find out the steps you need to take for recertification.
ASQ certification examinations are delivered by ASQ's testing partner, Prometric. The examination scheduling instructions in your eligibility letter will direct you to a section of Prometric's website, where you can select and schedule your examination date and location.
November 11, 2016
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