As part of the FPGEC Certification process, you must submit an application for the General Evaluation Report, with the required documentation, to Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), the organization that will verify your degree credentials. See the Educational Qualifications section for FPGEC requirements.
ECE is a not-for-profit public service organization specializing in evaluation of foreign educational credentials. See details online at www.ece.org/nabp. During this process, you will be required to submit the following to ECE:
All official documentation submitted to ECE must comply with the requirements below.
To be considered as a candidate for the FPGEC Certification Program, you must have graduated from a recognized or accredited school of pharmacy in a non-US country or jurisdiction or a US school that is not ACPE accredited. Specifically, the school of pharmacy must be accredited by an organization that accredits or certifies professional degree programs in pharmacy or the school must be regionally recognized (meaning that nations in the geographical region of the school must recognize the professional pharmacy degree program of the school as meeting regionally adopted pharmacy education standards).
The change from a 4-year to a 5-year educational program requirement has enabled the FPGEC Certification Program to be consistent with the revised standards of US pharmacy school curriculum.
Pre-pharmacy coursework completed at the equivalent of a US college or university level and required of all students for admission may be considered in determining minimum curriculum length requirements.
Completion of the following, after graduation, will not be considered for determining the minimum required curriculum length: coursework, internships, continuing education certificates, and work experience.
At the sole discretion of the FPGEC, post-baccalaureate degrees with patient-care experience in a clinical pharmacy practice setting will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine whether they may be applied to the minimum required program length.
To be considered for certification, you must submit official transcripts of all pre-pharmacy, bachelor’s degree, and post-baccalaureate pharmacy degrees to ECE. If there were additional coursework requirements for graduation, an official transcript is also required.
Official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope or must be sent directly from the institution. They must include:
Unofficial photocopies of transcripts will not be accepted. Transcripts are not returned.
ECE General Evaluation Reports are retained for 2 years. After 2 years, a new ECE General Evaluation Report application must be submitted for all new FPGEC applications.
Official proof of your pharmacy degree, indicating the title of the degree and the date of issuance, must be submitted to ECE. If you are submitting information about another credential or degree earned from a pharmacy school, it must indicate the title of the credential or degree earned and the date of issuance. The pharmacy degree or credential you received must be the professional degree leading to the licensure and/or registration to practice pharmacy.
When you submit your application to ECE, you will need to request a General Evaluation Report. You must also order an extra copy of the report to be submitted directly to the FPGEC. Current fees for these services are available on the ECE website. You do not need to send an additional set of educational credentials to the FPGEC.
If you wish to withdraw your ECE application or request a refund, you must contact ECE directly. Contact information is provided in the Contact Information section of this Bulletin.