EPHAR’s new European Certified Pharmacologist
A thriving community of professionals with an in-depth understanding of pharmacology is required to support medicines and health technology development and optimisation in future. Nevertheless, like many established disciplines, pharmacology is at risk of disappearing.
A thriving community of professionals with an in-depth understanding of pharmacology is required to support medicines and health technology development and optimisation in future. Nevertheless, like many established disciplines, pharmacology is at risk of disappearing. What can be done to ensure that, as an established generation of pharmacologists comes to the end of their careers, a new generation will be there to replace them? The new European Certified Pharmacologist (EuCP) scheme of EPHAR, the Federation of European Pharmacological Societies, will provide a distinctly visible documentation which certifies that bearers excel in standards of education, skills, experience and professional standing in pharmacology.
EPHAR is committed to following LifeTrain’s agreed principles for professional bodies. The project has been inspired by the model established by the European Registered Toxicologist programme of EUROTOX, another signatory of the LifeTrain principles.
The EuCP guidelines describe formal requirements and procedures for registration and re-registration as well as fields of theoretical and practical knowledge and experience that are relevant for eligibility for registration. The certification process will be based on national certificates, existing or newly set up, which, when meeting the criteria established by the EPHAR guidelines and a multi-national working group, will be the basis for inclusion of individual applicants in the European register. The guidelines will also assist European pharmacological societies in setting up appropriate training opportunities for potential EuCP candidates and implementing or providing opportunities for continuing professional development.