FPGEC Certification Timeline

The Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) evaluation process is time-intensive, and the length of time it takes to become FPGEC certified extends for an even longer period of time when documents are missing or incorrectly submitted. For your convenience, the following guidelines provide an indication of how long each step of the certification process may take to complete.

The FPGEC Application Bulletin provides valuable information on applying for FPGEC Certification and should be used as the primary source of information to guide you through the process.

Initial Evaluation (Approximately Six Weeks)

The evaluation process for the FPGEC starts when you send your applications, fees, and supporting documents to NABP and Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). Documentation may be submitted to FPGEC and ECE at the same time. See the section on FPGEC and ECE application procedures in the FPGEC Candidate Application Bulletin for more information on what you need to submit to each organization. (Note: If you wish to receive confirmation your materials have been received by the FPGEC, materials should be sent via registered mail or private courier service.)

The first evaluation of your application and supporting documentation will be completed within six (6) weeks of the date of receipt.

Additional Evaluation (Approximately Six Weeks)

If you receive an evaluation status letter stating that your supporting documentation does not meet FPGEC requirements, you have three (3) months to address the issues noted in the letter. Each time you submit corrected documents for re-evaluation, it will take six (6) additional weeks for the new documents to be evaluated. Processing delays can be reduced by closely following the document submission requirements stated in the section on Documentation of Pharmacist Credentials in the FPGEC Candidate Application Bulletin.

Mail Delivery (Up to 30 Business Days)

Allow thirty (30) business days for NABP to receive correspondence that is sent internationally and ten (10) business days for NABP to receive correspondence sent within the United States. Please allow the same amount of time for correspondence sent from NABP to you.

Approved to Take the FPGEE

When you have completed all of the necessary requirements, you will be sent an acceptance letter giving you the information that you need to register for the next Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE). You will also receive an identification card that you must present on the day of the test. If you do not present the card on the test day you will not be able to test. Acceptance letters and identification cards are sent to approved candidates up to one month before the next FPGEE is held. The FPGEE is administered twice per year, once in the spring and once in the fall. The examination registration deadline is approximately two weeks before each FPGEE administration. Consult the FPGEE page for specific dates.

Retrieving FPGEE Scores After Testing (Approximately Eight Weeks After Testing)

Scores for the FPGEE are available approximately eight weeks after each examination. The scores are available on the NABP website and will not be mailed. The minimum acceptable passing score for the FPGEE is 75.

Taking the TOEFL iBT

All candidates for the FPGEC Certification Program must complete the English-language proficiency requirements as indicated in the FPGEC Candidate Application Bulletin. You may take the TOEFL iBT examination at any point during the FPGEC Certification process. NABP receives the TOEFL iBT score results approximately seven weeks after you test.

Discussing the TOEFL iBT With NABP

Because TOEFL iBT scores are sent to NABP seven weeks after you test, Customer Service cannot answer any questions before that time. Please refer to the FPGEC Candidate Application Bulletin for the required minimum acceptable scores on the TOEFL iBT.

Final Evaluation (Up to 10 Weeks)

After you successfully complete the FPGEE and TOEFL iBT, your file undergoes a final evaluation. This final evaluation can take up to 10 weeks. At this time, the FPGEC reserves the right to request additional documentation for your program file as needed. Your FPGEC Certificate will not be mailed to you until the final evaluation is successfully completed.

After Receiving FPGEC Certification

Once you receive your FPGEC Certificate, please contact the board of pharmacy in the state where you wish to obtain your pharmacist license to receive information about that state’s requirements for internship and licensure. NABP also advises that you check the state’s eligibility requirements for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) before registering for those examinations.