International Prescribing Safety Assessment
International medical schools and their students now have access to the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA), a UK-recognised professional qualification.
The PSA is a mandatory certification for all UK foundation doctors. It is delivered by the British Pharmacological Society and MSC Assessment, and is taken in the final year of medical school. BPS Assessment is now able to offer this professional qualification to international medical schools and their students for the first time ever.
FAQs about the International Prescribing Safety Assessment
What is the Prescribing Safety Assessment?
The Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) is a summative assessment that allows medical students to demonstrate their competencies in relation to the safe and effective use of medicines. It is compulsory for all UK doctors to have passed the PSA by the end of their F1 year, and is most often taken in the final year of medical school. BPS Assessment is now able to offer the PSA to international medical schools and their students.
Note that in order to maintain the security and integrity of the question items, we can only offer 1 PSA sitting per year to international candidates. So if a candidate fails their sitting, they would need to wait until the following year to be eligible to sit the PSA exam again.
How is the Prescribing Safety Assessment different from the Prescribing Skills Assessment?
The Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) uses the same platform and technology, is overseen by the same team of experts, and tests the same 8 areas of prescribing competency. However, the content is different because it has been through exact standard setting processes by UK experts to determine a UK standard which medical students have to meet in order to pass.
Do you provide practice papers for the Prescribing Safety Assessment?
The Prescribing Safety Assessment itself is a summative assessment, but BPS Assessment can offer up to 4 practice papers which support and assess the same 8 question item styles found within the UK PSA. These would be supplied via the Prescribing Skills Assessment.
What if I already have a Prescribing Skills Assessment subscription?
If you are already a Prescribing Skills Assessment customer, you will be offered preferential rates on the International Prescribing Safety Assessment. We can also tailor your existing subscription so that you can access UK centric papers aligned to the British National Formulary to mirror the final UK PSA exam, rather than localised assessments for your region’s drug database.
Will international students receive UK-recognised certification?
Yes, all students who pass the Prescribing Safety Assessment will receive certification from the British Pharmacological Society and MSC Assessment, in order to keep a record for their future portfolio.
Realistic clinical cases
Split into 8 distinct skill areas
8 question styles cover all major aspects of the clinical activity undertaken by prescribers, testing skills in specific and realistic clinical scenarios.
Written by practising prescribers
PSA content is written by clinical pharmacologists, pharmacists and clinicians and undergoes a rigorous quality assurance process.
Valid and reliable test
Your medical students are now able to demonstrate their prescribing competencies through this UK-standard summative assessment.
Internationally accessible platform
The PSA is delivered through our online platform, making it possible for medical students to sit the assessment from all over the world.
Ask us about the International Prescribing Safety Assessment
To find out more about international PSA certification, or to discuss pricing for your medical school, please contact the BPS Assessment team using the form below.
You can also find out more about the UK PSA here.