ECFVG News Alert - July 2010


Changes to policy for waiver of ECFVG Step 2 examination requirement

The policy to waive the requirement for English proficiency examinations as part of Step 2 of the ECFVG certification program has changed. The new ECFVG Step 2 policy takes affect August 1, 2010 and will impact all certification candidates who have not yet completed Step 2 as of August 1, 2010. The new policy indicates that for candidates completing secondary school in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada (except Quebec), the English language examinations may be waived, provided such candidates submit documentation attesting to at least three years full-time attendance at a secondary (high) school located in one of the above countries and at which the complete language of instruction was English or, for graduates of US high schools only, a certified, notarized, or official copy of the final diploma or transcript. A degree from a US college or university is not considered adequate proof of English language ability. Please refer to

Rules of Conduct for the ECFVG Examinations

The ECFVG office reminds all potential and current ECFVG candidates that inappropriate sharing of examination material is considered irregular behavior. All such reports will be fully investigated. Prior to embarking on ECFVG Step 3 or Step 4, candidates must read and understand the Rules of Conduct for the Basic and Clinical Sciences Examination (BCSE; Step 3) and Clinical Proficiency Examination (CPE; Step 4).

If a candidate is determined to have failed to abide by the Rules of Conduct or otherwise to have engaged in any form of irregular behavior, the ECFVG may terminate the candidate's participation in an examination, invalidate the results of an examination, withhold or revoke the candidate's scores or certification, bar the candidate's participation in future examinations, and/or take other appropriate adverse action. In addition, such determination shall become part of the candidate's permanent ECFVG record and the fact of such determination may be provided to third parties that receive or have received verification of ECFVG status. Such information may also be provided to other legitimately interested entities.

The ECFVG is committed to preserving the integrity of the certification program and the security of its examinations. Please contact the office (800-248-2862, ext 6675) if you have any concerns about the improper disclosure of examination material, or if you have any questions relating to the Rules of Conduct for the BCSE or CPE.