ISMPP Membership and Certification FAQs

What is ISMPP?

ISMPP (pronounced IzMap) is the only not-for-profit organization founded by medical publication professionals for medical publication professionals. Since its inception in 2005, our membership has grown to more than 1,500, with representation from all stakeholders involved in the publication of medical research, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and device companies, medical publications and communications agencies, medical journal publishers and editors, academia, and professional medical writers.

As a professional association, we are different from other types of organizations. By paying annual dues and attending our educational programs such as the annual meeting, our members are truly making an investment not only in themselves, but in elevating the overall profession.

What are ISMPP’s vision and mission?
Why should I become a member?
What are some recent ISMPP activities and accomplishments?
Who belongs to ISMPP?
How much does membership cost?
How do I join?
How do I get involved?
Does ISMPP have any active social media platforms?

ISMPP CMPP™

What is the ISMPP Certified Medical Publication Professional (CMPP)™ exam?
Why should I take the exam?
For how long is my certification valid?
Are there resources available to prepare myself for the exam?
What is the format of the CMPP exam?
How do I apply for the exam?
When and where can I take the exam?
How do I maintain my certification?

What are ISMPP’s vision and mission?

Vision:
To become the leading global authority on the ethical and effective publication of medical research to inform treatment decisions

Mission:
Advance the medical publication profession globally through:

    • enhanced integrity and transparency in medical publications
    • improved standards and best practices
    • education, advocacy, and professional collaborations

Why should I become a member?

ISMPP provides significant membership benefits, such as these listed below.

Professional Educational Programming:

Meetings:

  • European Meeting, January 23-24, 2018, London, UK

  • 13th Annual Meeting, April 30 - May 2, 2018, National Harbor, MD, USA

  • Asia Pacific Meeting, September 5, 2017, Tokyo, Japan

ISMPP U(niversity): A monthly educational series featuring hour-long webinars on cutting-edge topics geared towards the medical publication professional community.

Job Board:  A monthly listing of current jobs available in this professional space.  Additionally, members can post professional openings at a greatly discounted rate than non-members

The MAP, the official newsletter of ISMPP: Learn about important news from your professional association and the medical publications profession

Member Center:  A dedicated, members-only section of the ISMPP website, featuring a searchable membership database, the ISMPP Archive, which holds past ISMPP U and yearly meeting presentations, the Member Tool Kit, and more!

Professional development:

  • Networking: In particular, yearly meetings and ISMPP committee participation offer a chance to interact and network with your peers, many of which are leaders in their respective lines of work

  • Advocacy: You can become your own advocate for the profession—something each and every medical publication professional can do by utilizing appropriate tools and getting involved in some of ISMPP’s many advocacy initiatives

  • Exchange of ideas and best practices: An open exchange of ideas with one's peers is often the best way to learn and grow professionally.  As an ISMPP member, you have many opportunities to interact with one another.

What are some recent ISMPP activities and accomplishments?

  • Created the only certification program for our profession (ISMPP Certified Medical Publication Professional™), which demonstrates:

    • Expertise as a medical publication professional.
    • Proficiency in good publication practices.
    • Commitment to ethical and transparent data dissemination standards.
    • Leadership in upholding and fostering integrity and excellence in medical publication.

Who belongs to ISMPP?

More than 1,500 professionals from all sectors of our profession, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and device companies, medical publications and communications agencies, medical journal publishers and editors, academia, and professional medical writers.

How much does membership cost?

 ISMPP currently offers two membership types:

  • Full Membership - $195USD/year
  • Associate Membership - $95USD/year*
*Associate Membership is only available to individuals who live in the Asia-Pacific region and/or a nation deemed low-income by the World Bank. To learn more, click here.

How do I join?

Click or paste the following link to open our secure membership application: http://www.ismpp.org/join

How do I get involved?

ISMPP has a multitude of volunteer committees to engage members in their areas of interest. An annual member volunteer drive is held each January where members “raise their hands” to participate.

Volunteer committees include:

  • Advocacy and Outreach Committee
  • Annual Meeting Program Committee
  • Asia-Pacific Advisory Committee*
  • Communications Committee
  • Credentialing Committee**
  • Ethics and Standards Committee
  • European Meeting Programme Committee
  • Global Transparency and Trends Committee
  • Global Workshop Committee
  • ISMPP U Committee
  • Membership Working Group
  • Recertification Committee**
  • Sunshine Act Task Force*

*Denotes a group not included in the Annual Volunteer Drive (January)
**Must be an ISMPP CMPP™ to participate on the committee

Additionally, as a member becomes more active within the volunteer committees, (s)he gains eligibility to run for a leadership position on the Board of Trustees and/or the Certification Board.  Please note in order to run for the Certification Board, one must also hold the ISMPP CMPP™ credential.

Does ISMPP have any active social media platforms?

  • Yes!  You can follow us on both Twitter and LinkedIn.  Membership is not required to participate and observe.

  • ISMPP has also recently established the ISMPP Community Circle, a society-exclusive platform similar to Facebook, in which members may communicate to the membership or to individuals, provided they have opted-in to the program.

  • Additionally, ISMPP has established a channel on YouTube in support of the ‘ISMPP News Network’ (INN), which features short videos of many Annual Meeting faculty, ISMPP leadership, and several Chairs of various ISMPP volunteer committees.

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ISMPP Certified Medical Publication Professional (CMPP) ™

What is the ISMPP Certified Medical Publication Professional (CMPP)™ exam?

The CMPP exam assesses your knowledge and experience in four competency domains:

  1. Publication Plan Development
  2. Tactical Plan Development
  3. Publication Plan Implementation
  4. Professional Responsibilities. 

Why should I take the exam?

Passing the CMPP exam certifies you as a medical publication professional who demonstrates the required knowledge and expertise in this increasingly specialized field. Becoming a CMPP demonstrates your commitment to upholding good publication practices to ensure adherence to ethical and transparent data dissemination standards.

For how long is my certification valid?

Once earned, the CMPP credential is valid for 5 years.

Are there resources available to prepare myself for the exam?

The Candidate Handbook provides details on eligibility, registration, exam preparation, and a comprehensive listing of key references and resources.  The Candidate Handbook along with other preparation materials can be found on the ISMPP website at: http://www.ismpp.org/exam-details

What is the format of the CMPP exam?

The exam is a computer-based test consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions covering the 4 competency domains: Publication Plan Development, Tactical Plan Development, Publication Plan Implementation and Professional Responsibilities. The exam is administered at Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide where candidates are allotted 3 hours to complete the exam. 

How do I apply for the exam?

Applications for the CMPP exam can be found through the ISMPP website http://www.ismpp.org/overview. Please refer to the Candidate Handbook for full application requirements and submission deadlines.

 When and where can I take the exam?

The exam is offered twice annually, during 2 month-long testing windows: March 1-31 and September 1-30, at approved global testing centers. Candidates will receive a web link to a list of available test sites once their application for examination has been processed and approved, and scheduling opens. If you cannot locate a testing site near you, please contact Pearson VUE at 888-252-7904 or email Sharon Willis, ISMPP Certification Director, by email at swillis@ismpp.org for additional testing site options. 

How do I maintain my certification?

The CMPP certification is valid for five years. There are two clear paths to recertification, and certificants can choose one:

  • Continuing education (CE):
Certificants may recertify by earning 75 CE credit hours, over five years, across the four domains:  Publication Plan Development, Tactical Plan Development, Publication Plan Implementation and Professional Responsibilities. (An exception is in effect for individuals certified in 2009 and 2010, because they have less time to meet recertification requirements).
  • CMPP re-examination:

Certificants may choose to sit for the CMPP exam to earn their recertification. The exam must be taken and passed during the calendar year immediately preceding the year that their certification expires.

Details about recertification can be found at http://www.ismpp.org/recertification.

* Much of ISMPP’s educational programming carries continuing education credit hours applicable toward CMPP recertification.

+ Please note in order to attend any ISMPP meetings, you must be a member in good standing of the society.