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About the Professional Certification Commission (PCC)

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What is PCC?

The CPIP is governed by the Professional Certification Commission (PCC), whose responsibility is to provide oversight to the development and administration of the certification program and all program elements. The PCC has full responsibility for all policies and procedures relating to certification and has the authority and autonomy to act in all matters related to the certification program, including granting, maintaining, renewing, suspending, withdrawing, expanding and reducing the scope of certification.

Vision, Mission and Purpose


The vision of the certification program is to develop, administer and continually improve a credible certification program that supports life-long learning and the continued development of technical skills and knowledge relevant to the biopharmaceutical industry. In so doing, earning and maintaining certification enhances the life-cycle of a pharmaceutical industry professional.


The mission of the certification program is to serve the global biopharmaceutical industry by establishing competency standards for professionals involved in drug product development through manufacturing and to elevate the status of industry professionals, provide employers with competent workers, facilitate development and manufacturing innovation, enhance drug product quality, and safeguard the public’s trust.


As the governing body, the PCC is responsible for assuring the integrity, independence, and objectivity of the credentialing process. The PCC will ensure that the certification program complies with best practices in credentialing and will administer a valid, reliable and legally defensible program.

The key responsibilities of the PCC are to:

  • Create the Commission's operating policies and procedures
  • Organize committees and appoint committee members
  • Determine credential candidate eligibility criteria
  • Establish performance criteria including recertification requirements
  • Oversee the processing of applications
  • Develop, administer and assure the integrity and validity of assessments
  • Award/deny the credential
  • Establish and implement a Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct for candidates and certificate holders
  • Assure due process and process appeals
  • Communicate the value of the credential to stakeholders in the industry and related organizations, and seek their input regarding the viability of the credential.

Sam DeMarco, CPIP, President Compliance Team Inc, United States

"I believe that the credential has made me more confident and I feel that my clients engage me in more philosophical discussions on pharmaceutical industry subject matter. I get the sense that my clients 'listen' to me in a more serious 'in tune' way."

Marc Fleischman, CPIP, Facility and Verification Engineer, Genzyme, a Sanofi Company

"I chose to pursue the CPIP certification as a way to learn new phases of the industry and to codify my existing knowledge. As I prepared and studied for the exam, I was challenged to develop a broader understanding of many industry concepts that I had not been routinely exposed to. The experience has left me with a deep understanding of GMP regulation and broad industry knowledge across the entire bio/pharm lifecycle."