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​​​​​​​The ABPI Medical Representatives Exam is taken by representatives who call upon doctors, dentists and other UK prescribers and/or promote medicines on the basis of their therapeutic properties.​ It must be taken by all medical representatives working for companies who have agreed to abide by the ABPI Code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry; this includes virtually all pharmaceutical companies operating in the UK. 

Medical representatives who call upon doctors and other prescribers and/or promote medicines on the basis of their therapeutic properties must take the exam within one year of employment in such a role and prior to passing the exam cannot be engaged in this type of employment for more than two years.


'Studying hard for the exam was well worth the end result for both myself and my employer as I feel much more confident in ensuring ABPI compliance and implementing scientific knowledge when talking to customers.

The qualification has given me a broad understanding of human body systems, disease pathology and various treatments for common disorders as well as an understanding of the NHS. This allows me to have a much deeper understanding of what my customers face on a day to day basis which is fantastic. 

Understanding not only the products you promote but these vital aspects of healthcare has allowed for a much more rounded approach to promoting my portfolio.​'​​

​​Luke, Account Representative


ABPI Exam online coming soon:

Over the past few months, the ABPI Examinations Team has been working towards digitalisation of all elements of the ABPI Exam. We intend that these sittings will be available to book within the next few weeks. Please continue ot check the ABPI Exams webpage for further updates as to when thee sitting will be available.

The Examinations Team have now secured an online exam experience which can deliver the same high standards that candidates and companies have come to expect from the face to face paper-based exam. The online exam will be subject to live online one-to-one proctoring (invigilation) whereby the invigilator will be able to view the candidate’s screen, alongside monitoring both the candidate’s behaviour and environment for the duration of the examination session through the camera/webcam and microphone. Further information can be found here.

The multiple-choice format of the ABPI Exam, and the functionality of the online exam portal to be used has meant the style of questions for use in the online exam remain the same as have been used in the paper-based exam.

Online proctoring requires the installation of a lockdown browser to ensure that only the exam session can be accessed for the duration of the exam and that no other programs are running on the candidate’s computer during the session (it is important ALL candidates read the information found here. Candidates must install the browser in advance of their first scheduled exam sitting – it is recommended this is completed as far in advance of the exam as possible. Where candidates intend to sit the exam on a machine provided by their employer, administrator permissions may be required for the installation. Alternatively, candidates will be able to take the exam on personal machines

It is intended all candidates will be able to log in and familiarise themselves with the online exam platform, together with an opportunity to answer a selection of sample questions, in advance of sitting an exam online for the first time – by doing so, candidates can test and see how the questions will look on screen, as well as exploring the functionality that enables altering the 'look' of the exam system with different sizes to make the exam experience as bespoke as possible. Taking advantage of the sample questions also allows candidates to get a feel for navigating the exam system, moving from question to question, flagging questions, submitting answers, and using the on-screen calculator.

Additionally, in advance of sitting an online exam, candidates are asked to:
  • watch the linked exam demo videos: and
  • read the ‘Additional Guidance’


The sittings scheduled for Friday 18 September 2020 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Centre Heathrow has been cancelled. Cancellation of the examination sessions has been considered a responsible step given the current status of the Covid-19 situation, the latest Governmental advice, and remaining uncertainty regarding availability of the venues.

The Government have published 8 ‘live’ guidance documents on the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy ("BEIS") site which can be accessed here - this guidance, which is intended to ensure there are safe return to work guidelines in place for all, and is open to updates, remains under review by the ABPI Examinations Team in the context of how and when we are able to resume delivery of the ABPI Exam. The safety and wellbeing of the Examinations Team and all our candidates remains our priority when considering the feasibility of upcoming Exam sittings. As soon as decisions are reached, this webpage will be updated.   


I recognise that having had to cancel the upcoming exam it is important to offer a viable alternative to ensure you have opportunity to gain the qualification at the earliest realistic opportunity.  To this end, the Examinations Team at the ABPI have been working towards delivering the exam online.  I am pleased to confirm that online delivery of the exam should be operational in the next quarter of 2020.  

I appreciate your patience as the Examinations Team have worked through routes to digitalisation of the examination which will maintain the integrity of the qualification, and which will provide assurance to candidates, both past and present, the industry, and patients that current candidates will have been assessed to as high a standard as pre-covid.  

The online exam will be delivered with live online proctoring which, at the time of the exam, will require your identity to be authenticated by the proctor. On completion of the validation process you will be able to begin your exam.  There will of course be system requirements for accessing the exams platform and proctoring service, full details will be provided in advance of your sitting.

It is likely you will have many other questions about the online delivery and with these, I would ask for your patience again as further details, including FAQs, are prepared and published on the examinations website in due course.

  Any update with regard to either further disruption to sittings due to Covid-19 or alternative examination arrangements will appear here. 


Please note that if you are coming up to the end of your one year or two year time frame to take or pass the Exam, you will need to contact the PMCPA to arrange an extension to the time allowed using the link below.Where a candidate applying for an extension is currently employed, the PMCPA request that the employer makes the application on behalf of the candidate. 




If you have any queries please contact the ABPI Exams Team by email at 


Owing to the current COVID-19 situation all ABPI Examination Team are now working remotely. This will significantly reduce our ability to respond to phone calls so we would ask that, wherever possible, enquiries are made by e-mail. 

How to get started​

A simple guide to the ABPI Exam can be found here.

Please begin by viewing the application process, then register for the site. After you have registered, please log in using the box on the right hand side of this page​.

A list of upcoming exam dates can be found here.

If you experience any problems or have a query please contact us​​.​​


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