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Key messages

  • Every professional in the biomedical sciences needs to develop and maintain an optimal level of professional competence in order to contribute to speeding up the development of better medicines for patients.
  • An individual competency portfolio should capture all relevant information in a transparent, easy-to-understand way in order to facilitate mobility between: scientific disciplines; academia, health authorities and industry; jobs and countries; and to support career development.
  • Continuing professional development (CPD) is essential and should be driven by each individual in agreement with their employer and in compliance with the requirements of the respective professional/scientific bodies.
  • CPD should be part of a “plan, do, review” cycle and can include formal, non-formal and informal learning. Each individual should reflect on the learning and its application in practice.
  • Objective assessments of competence should be made by the individual and by others, on a regular basis throughout the individual’s professional working life.
  • Needs should be identified and professional training courses developed and delivered in collaboration between industry, technical experts, and course providers (including universities). They should meet the needs of adult-learners and should be available on on-course®.
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