Medical Science Liaison Society Launching First-Ever Professional Board Certification for Medical Science Liaisons

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Education News
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The certification program is scheduled to officially launch in the fall of 2017, as an effort to set industry recognized standards for the MSL profession.

CARY, NC., Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Medical Science Liaison Society (MSL Society), the only non-profit

organization exclusively dedicated to the global medical science liaison (MSL) profession, announced today that they are in the final stages of developing the first-ever professional board certification for Medical Science Liaisons. 

The certification program, which has been in development for over a year and is scheduled to officially launch in the fall of 2017, is an effort to set industry recognized standards for the MSL profession. To that end, the MSL Society has hired a certification industry testing leader to help launch the program based on international certification standards.

In addition, numerous global MSL leaders are involved in the development of the new MSL certification. One of the most important steps in creating a credible and valid certification program is conducting a "Job Task Analysis", during which multiple global MSL leaders meet in person to identify and agree upon the knowledge, skills, and abilities which will be required to pass in order to become certified.

"A certification is often confused with a certificate, which is often promoted as certification. However, there are key differences between them," stated Dr. Samuel Dyer, CEO of the MSL Society. "The primary purpose of a certificate program is to simply provide training. In contrast, the primary purpose of the MSL certification will be to assess and evaluate one's acquired knowledge, skills, and competencies related to the Medical Science Liaison role."

Dr. Dyer continued, "Another key difference is that unlike a certificate program, after one passes the MSL certification, they will be awarded a professional designation that will be recognized and used to highlight their certified status. Furthermore, unlike a certificate program, which is typically a one-time training event, the MSL certification will have routine requirements over time which must be met to maintain the credential."

About the Medical Science Liaison Society

The Medical Science Liaison Society is the only non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to the global MSL profession. The Society is the primary global resource for MSL professionals in the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device, CRO, and other healthcare industries. The organization provides resources for professional growth and development opportunities, hosts the only job board for MSLs, and conducts live MSL training programs and events, including its annual conference in Las Vegas.

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