The new results show that 75 per cent of the 1,100 medical representatives who sat the exam in 2007 achieved a pass in the assessment, now in its 30th year.
“For 30 years, the ABPI exam has ensured that UK medical representatives demonstrate their essential knowledge of medicines and their effect upon the human body, giving healthcare professionals confidence that industry representatives are well-trained by their companies,” said Ian Irving, Director of Examinations at the ABPI.
More than 8,000 medical representatives are currently employed in the UK. The exam must be passed by all representatives within the first two years of their employment.
Since 2005, 4,700 students have sat the exam. Results have remained constant with 75 per cent achieving a first-time pass and 99 per cent passing on second sitting.
Students must achieve a score of at least 60 per cent, the equivalent to an A-level grade A, in each paper in order to pass.
The exam - established in 1969 to improve the overall quality of medical representation - ensures students have a good knowledge of the industry and Code of Practice; the human body, pathology and pharmacology; and body systems. Students can gain a distinction grade by scoring 80 per cent or more in all six exam subjects – 20 per cent of students achieve distinction.
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