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MSL-BC® Eligibility Requirements

The Medical Science Liaison – Board Certification (MSL-BC®) is designed for professionals that have experience working as a Medical Science Liaison (or equivalent title) or leading a Medical Science Liaison team. As a result, experience working as a Medical Science Liaison or MSL leader is required of all certification candidates; those aspiring to break into the MSL profession are NOT eligible.

All MSLs and MSL leaders, including international applicants outside of the United States, are encouraged to take the examination if qualified. However, be advised that the exam and many references used to develop it are US based and reflective of US regulations as well as global guidance documents.

 

Specific eligibility requirements include:

  1. Bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally or nationally accredited educational institution. A copy of the candidate’s highest degree or transcript must be provided at the time of registration.
  2. One (1) year of cumulative experience working full-time as a Medical Science Liaison (or equivalent title) or leading a Medical Science Liaison team. (See Appendix A in the MSL-BC® Candidate Handbook for equivalent titles)

 

Note: This certification is NOT intended for sales, marketing, or other non-MSL related functions within a company. All candidates must legally attest that they meet all the above requirements, which are subject to verification.

Individuals have the right to appeal decisions made by the Medical Science Liaison Society regarding certain eligibility requirements for certification.

Pass/fail examination scores are not appealable.

An individual may submit a written appeal regarding eligibility requirements for certification via email to certification@themsls.org.