PEP's Relationship to Prescribing Authority

by College of Professional Psychology

It is only by the actions of state and provincial legislatures that authority to prescribe psychotropic medications may be conferred.

When such laws are passed, licensing authorities will need to adopt regulations to implement the new laws. These regulations will specify the education, experience, and examination requirements for prescribing privileges. Licensing authorities will need to ensure the validity and defensibility of any examination they use as a component of a regulatory process that authorizes prescribing. The PEP was carefully developed to meet this need using a methodology that complies with the highest standards for validity, fairness, and defensibility in licensing.* The PEP is monitored and updated to reflect changing knowledge and practice over the years so that it remains appropriate and defensible for use in a regulatory setting.

When prescribing laws are adopted and subsequent regulations addressing examination requirements are set, the PEP's utility in meeting such requirements will be determined. Until that time, examinees' ability to prescribe psychotropic medications will not be affected by taking the PEP.

Scores obtained on the PEP will be "banked" in a secure database maintained by the College. Scores will be reported to state or provincial psychology licensing authorities or to other entities upon examinee authorization.



*Technical guidelines described in the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA/APA/NCME, 1985), relevant sections of the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (EEOC, Civil Service Commission, U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Justice, 1978) and PES Guidelines for the Development, Use, and Evaluation of Licensure and Certification Programs (PES, 1995)