FPGEE or FOREIGN PHARMACY GRADUATE EXAMINATION COMMITTEE™(FPGEC®) CERTIFICATION
The FPGEC Certification program or FPGEE is accepted by more than 48 state boards of pharmacy as a means of documenting the educational equivalency of a candidate’s foreign pharmacy education. Foreign educated pharmacists succesfully passed FPGEC certification are considered to have partially fulfilled eligibility requirements for licensure in those states that accept the Certification.
FPGEE Committee Revises Pharmacy Curriculum
Requirement Beginning January 1, 2003, FPGEE will require foreign-educated pharmacists to have earned their professional degree from a five-year curriculum program in order to apply for FPGEE or Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination CommitteeT (FPGEC®) Certification.This change affects only those candidates who earn a pharmacy degree after the 2003 deadline.The new curriculum FPGEE requirements do not apply to foreign-educated pharmacists who have earned a four-year degree prior to January 1, 2003. These individuals will remain eligible for FPGEE under the current program requirements of a four-year curriculum. This revision was prompted by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education's (ACPE) decision to revise the standards for the entry-level pharmacy degree in the United States from a five-year baccalaureate degree in pharmacy to the six-year PharmD. All accredited US colleges and schools of pharmacy must meet the ACPE requirement by 2004. NABP President John A. Fiacco notes that "NABP has implemented this policy change in the FPGEE program to ensure consistency and equivalency in the educational curriculum of pharmacy programs." Approximately 40% of foreign pharmacy programs presently offer a five-year curriculum. It is hoped that more educational institutions will expand their programs to meet the FPGEE requirement.
FPGEE Competency Statements:
NABP has developed the FPGEE Competency Statements. The Competency Statements summarize and outline the knowledge and skills that you are expected to have acquired before you take the FPGEE and that you are expected to be able to demonstrate in answering the examination questions. All questions are based on these Competency Statements, which are reviewed and revised as necessary. A strong understanding of the Competency Statements will aid in your preparation to take the FPGEE.
How to prepare for FPGEE ?
FPGEE Blue Print: