NABP Examination Security Group Detects FPGEE Security Breach, Halts Examination

November 18, 2002

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The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) Examination Security Group recently discovered an extensive security breach in the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination® (FPGEE®) improperly caused by a group of FPGEE candidates.

As a result of the breach, administration of the FPGEE has been halted as of 7 AM, Tuesday, November 19, until a new examination can be established. The Association will notify candidates in writing concerning future examination dates in early 2003.

“Upon learning of this serious breach of security, NABP, in keeping with its responsibility of aiding the state boards in the protection of public safety and welfare, initiated a large-scale investigation and will pursue all workable remedies to the fullest extent as permitted by law,” states NABP President John A. Fiacco. “We deeply regret having to take such serious actions, but feel that it needs to be made clear to candidates that NABP does not tolerate such security breaches. We are also creating additional security measures to protect against possible future breaches.”

Although all sources of the cause of the security breach have not been determined, NABP is working to establish which scores have been compromised by the breach. Accordingly, NABP has been forced to take the following steps to protect the public health and welfare and ensure the integrity of its testing program:

1.Computer-based FPGEE scores affected by the compromise will be invalidated. 2.Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) certificates awarded to candidates who passed the exam affected by the compromise will be invalidated.

3.All existing FPGEE appointments have been cancelled and no new appointments can be made at this time.

This incident is isolated to the FPGEE and does not affect NABP’s North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination™ (NAPLEX®), Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination™ (MPJE®), or Disease State Management (DSM) examinations.

NABP provides the FPGEC Certification Program as a means of documenting the educational equivalency of a candidate’s foreign pharmacy education, as well as the license and/or registration. In the process of FPGEC Certification, candidates provide documents that verify their educational backgrounds and licensure and/or registration. Candidates are also required to pass the FPGEE, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and the Test of Spoken English (TSE). The FPGEC Certificate allows foreign graduates to partially fulfill eligibility requirements for licensure in the states that consider the Certification. The FPGEC Certificate is not a license to practice pharmacy. Applicants who receive the FPGEC Certificate may be qualified by the state boards to take the pharmacy licensing examination in those jurisdictions that accept this certification.

Candidates with questions may visit NABP’s Web site at www.nabp.net for updated information or e-mail the Customer Service Department at custserv@nabp.net. Individuals without Internet access may contact NABP’s Customer Service Department at 847/698-6227.