ISMPP CMPP™ Overview


The ISMPP certification program offers medical publication professionals an opportunity to earn the Certified Medical Publication Professional™ (CMPP) credential.

The ISMPP CMPP™ credential certifies the following:

  • 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

Once earned, the ISMPP CMPP credential is valid for three years, at the expiration of which certificants must recertify.

Rationale for ISMPP CMPP

Medical publication professionals are responsible for publishing clinical research and information that can affect medical decision-making and clinical judgment, as well as future research. At the same time, medical publishing is under significant and increasing scrutiny from a range of external stakeholders to ensure the highest levels of scientific and professional integrity are achieved. In response, ISMPP has actively worked to establish and maintain professional standards and to promote adherence to those standards. ISMPP also took a leadership role in the field by developing a formal, voluntary, professional certification program.

The Certified Medical Publication Professional (CMPP™) program provides a formal credential of medical publication professionals’ expertise and promotes integrity and excellence in the profession by demonstrating knowledge of, and encouraging adherence to, best-practice standards across the industry. To obtain CMPP™ certification, the qualified candidate must pass a psychometrically validated examination on all aspects of professional medical publication planning, and also agree to affirm, practice, and promote ethical and legal standards and to uphold the integrity of the profession and of ISMPP itself.

Exam Information

Next Examination:

March 1-31, 2023

Application Deadline:

February 1, 2023

Total number of CMPPs:


CMPP™ Exam Application

Candidate Handbook

Why Certify?

Why Recertify?

Application & Fees

Completed applications should be received 30 days before the start of the testing window (see schedule below).

The total examination fee includes a combined non-refundable application ($180 for ISMPP members and $280 for non-members) and testing fee ($195 for ISMPP members and $290 for non-members) and should be received with a completed application at least 30 days before the beginning of the testing period.

If an application is received fewer than 30 days before the start of the testing window, every effort will be made to process it in a timely manner to enable the candidate to schedule the exam within the upcoming window.

Testing Window*

March 1-31

September 1-30

Application Deadline† On or before February 1 On or before August 1

Examination Fee

Due with Application

ISMPP Full Member $375

Non-member $570

ISMPP Full Member $375

Non-member $570‡


Retake Fees

ISMPP Full Member $195

Non-member $290

ISMPP Full Member $195

Non-member $290

*When the last day of the month falls on a Sunday, the testing window will close on the last Saturday of the month.

†Every effort will be made to process applications received after the deadline in a timely manner to enable candidates to schedule the exam within the upcoming window.

‡Non-members may opt in to ISMPP membership at no additional charge. Membership will be active for one year from date of payment/join date. Full member dues is $195. Associate member dues is $95.  More details on ISMPP membership

Examination Retake Fees

In the event that a candidate fails the examination, the candidate may apply to retake the examination during the next testing window for a retake fee of $195 for members and $290 for non-members.

The examination retake must be scheduled within one year from the original application acceptance (eg, a March candidate must retake the exam in September; a September candidate must retake the exam the following March) otherwise, the candidate is considered a new applicant and all original application and testing fees will apply.