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Name of credential

Accredited in Applied Pharmacology (AP)

Responsible organization

American Board of Clinical Pharmacology (ABCP)


PO Box 40278
San Antonio, Texas 78229


(210) 753-5734



Eligibility criteria

  • Notarized copy of doctoral degree in one of the life or medical sciences from an accredited academic institution in the United States, Canada, or non-U.S. degree equivalent.
  • Eligibility for certification requires completion of two years of postdoctoral fellowship training in clinical pharmacology at a training program registered or accredited by the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology. Notarized official verification of satisfactory completion of this course must be provided.
  • Documentation of contribution to the field of Clinical Pharmacology. Publications are a good source for this documentation.
  • Participation as a student and as a teacher in clinical pharmacology continuing education activities, including formal course teaching.
  • Submission of two original letters of recommendation, one of which must be from current employer attesting to the applicant’s clinical pharmacology activities (waived if self-employed). The other must be a letter from a professional person working in the area of clinical pharmacology and familiar with the applicant’s work and commitment to clinical pharmacology.
  • Verification of current employment.
  • A full Curriculum Vitae including publication list.

Duration of initial certification

5 years

Recertification requirements

Continuing education or related examination; or documentation of also minimum 1000 hours of professional practice during 5-year certification.


  • General Principles 10%)
  • Biostatistics (5%)
  • Pharmacokinetics (10%)
  • Pharmacodynamics (5%)
  • Pharmacogenetics (5%)
  • Drugs in organ failure (10%)
  • Drugs in the elderly (10%)
  • Drugs in pregnancy (5%)
  • Adverse drug reactions (5%)
  • Drug interactions (5%)
  • Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (5%)
  • Toxicology (10%)
  • Systematic Clin Pharm (10%)
  • Other (5%)


  • Application fee: $350
  • General Examination (including sub-section examination): $450
  • Late fee: $200
  • Renewal: $250

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