From January 2014 the ABPI Exam will be accredited by an external awarding body as a new Level 3 qualification. This is at the same level as the current examination; however, the learning materials and the exams candidates take will be different.
The exam website will also be changing. If you are already registered with the ABPI, your details will be stored and you should be able to continue to log in as normal; however, the website will look different and you will be able to see details of the new exam as well as the exams you are in the process of studying for.
For a transition period, until the end of 2015, if you are part way through taking the exams you can continue to take the existing unaccredited exam. You must, however, complete the qualification by the end of 2015. It is not possible to mix old and new exams to obtain an accredited qualification. The current ABPI Exam qualification remains valid for anyone who has passed the required exams.
New candidates registering will study from revised learning materials and will take the new exams.
If you have registered but have not taken any exams by the end of 2013, you will be able to choose whether to continue to study for the current exams, or to swap to the new versions. If you wish to take the new accredited exams you will, however, have to purchase new learning materials. More details on this will be available in December 2013.
A more immediate change is the addition of questions on the NHS structure and function into the exam from November 2013. This is a requirement of the Code of Practice(second 2012 edition) Clause 16.3. Learning material on this topic will be sent by email to all candidates registered to take the exam during or after November 2013.
If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact the ABPI at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0870 890 4333.