Abstract: The Medicines and Medical Devices Agency announced the procedures to apply for certificate of competence for product promotion representatives.

Article 10 of the Regulation on Promotional Activities of Medicinal Products for Human Use ("Regulation"), states that the Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency ("Agency") shall issue a certificate of competence to those who have graduated from universities educating product promotion representatives, upon submission of their diplomas; and to those who have graduated from at least a school of higher education and succeeded in the examination given or commissioned by the Agency. The implementation of this rule was postponed until 01 January 2019.

On 23 November 2018, the Agency announced that the candidates may apply online in order to obtain the certificate. The certificate of competence will be issued by the Agency to those who have gained the right to obtain a certificate of competence with the examination conducted before 01/01/2019 and who have at least a high school degree. Candidates who did not pass the exam until this date, would not be able to apply for this certificate and would not be able to work in a pharma company as a product promotion representative.

Upon the evaluation of the application, the Agency shall distribute a unique QR code for each representative and this code shall be placed on their ID card. The representatives will be required to use this card during their promotion to physicians, pharmacists and dentists.

Source: Announcement on the Procedures to apply for Certificate of Competence for Product Promotion Representatives (Turkish language)

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