PIPA - A Professional Association

PIPA - A Professional Association

During 2010, PIPA became a professional accreditation association with an associated Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points system of membership. There are several different types of membership, each with increasing requirements for eligibility, and where appropriate a post nominal. This enables individuals to move through the levels of membership as they develop their career in Medical Information and/or Pharmacovigilance.

Membership Structure

 

PIPA believes that this champions Medical Information and Pharmacovigilance as professions in the pharmaceutical industry. PIPA wants membership to be seen by employers as a necessity in developing and maintaining standards in the fields of MI and PV.

PIPA's intention is that the CPD requirements complement what an individual is currently doing. CPD points are accrued over a rolling two year period and activities considered to contribute to CPD for PIPA membership include: Postgraduate studies, training courses, conferences and workshops, authoring articles, book chapters and monographs, presenting at conferences, forums and seminars, facilitating workshops and lecturing on postgraduate and pharmaceutical training courses. It also includes serving on a PIPA Committee or Working Party, a trade association working party or on an MHRA-industry liaison group or project.

 

 Continuing Professional Development Points Scheme

Activity

Points awarded

Limit

Participation within training courses, workshops, forums and conferences (in-house or external) including post graduate courses/modules.

1 per hour

2 per hour if PIPA event

Max 8 points per day

Presenting at training courses, workshops, forums and conferences including internal company events, e.g. business or departmental meetings.

Lecturing at post-graduate courses (by non-academic staff and when not part of member’s core role).

1 per presentation

2 per presentation if PIPA event

Max 8 points per day

Facilitation at workshops, forums or training courses.

1 per hour

2 per hour if PIPA event

Max 4 points per day

Private reading/research for development, e.g. PIPELine, PJ, RAJ, PMCPA Code cases.

1 per hour

Max 5 points per 2 years

Authorship of PIPEline article

2 per page or 1,000 words

-

Authorship of books, chapters or monographs

20 per book, 10 per chapter, 5 per monograph

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Mentoring or coaching others.
Being mentored or coached.

1 per hour

Max 5 points per 2 years

Active involvement in a Regulatory Authority inspection.

1 per hour

Max 10 points per 2 years

Actively serving on the PIPA Committee.

15 per full year

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Actively serving within a MI / PV related body including PIPA working party, trade association working party.

8 per full year

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  •  To achieve and maintain Member or Fellow status of PIPA, you need to demonstrate your commitment to CPD by recording at least 40 PIPA CPD points per rolling 2 year period according to the scheme above.
  • A minimum of 27 points should be directly related to Medical Information and/or Pharmacovigilance (including process, product, disease, regulations, ABPI Code knowledge). You should try to accrue CPD points through a diverse style of activities across the scheme. PIPA CPD points are not accrued for routine work duties but for activities that challenge and develop the member’s skills and expertise.
  • You will also need to submit your current CV for both Member and Fellow status.

Please submit your completed CPD card and CV to Sharon Braithwaite.  Please note that the approval procedure can take up to four weeks and that you will be sent an email confirming your status once a decision by the Memberhsip Adjudicators has been made.

Below is a sample completed PIPA CPD record that you can use for guidance on how to present the information on your CPD card.

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Once you have submitted your CV & initial CPD record card and your status has been upgraded, future membership renewals will automatically reinstate the level of membership already awarded to you and you will only be required to confirm that you are continuing to maintain your CPD record, by checking the appropriate box during the renewal process. However, each year we audit a random 15% of the membership and will request updated CPD record cards from those selected.

We look forward to you developing your career through PIPA.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Sharon Braithwaite.