Welcome to The Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs

The Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs (ACMA) is an independent certifying organization that has developed standards and an examination in the field of Medical Affairs for the growing number of healthcare professionals who are involved in medical affairs.

ACMA provides recognition and distinction in the field of medical Affairs for healthcare professionals who successfully credential and complete a written examination.

The Board Certified Medical Affairs Specialist Program (BCMAS) – The only accredited Medical Affairs certification program

Other Certificate Programs


Medical Affairs Competency Certificate (MACC)


The Medical Device Industry


Understanding Diagnostics


Clinical Development Expert Program




The Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Industry Compliance

Board Certification in Medical Affairs – Why it matters?

Benefits of Board Certification in Medical Affairs:

The success of any team depends on the knowledge and expertise of each of its members. The evolving healthcare landscape along with changes in regulations governing the pharmaceutical industry make specialized training in medical affairs increasingly important for the pharmaceutical industry. In medical affairs, the board certified medical affairs specialist program (BCMAS) is quickly becoming the gold standard when it comes to determining the qualifications and capabilities of a medical affairs professional.

Documentation of specialized experience and skills yields the additional benefits of personal satisfaction, financial rewards and career advancement.

The only Accredited Program, the BCMAS certification is the future of medical affairs™.

As the underlying complexities of drug development and science increase, so will the need for a broader skillset. Those medical affairs professionals who successfully expand their level of knowledge will discover greater career opportunities.

Peer Developed and Recognized

The BCMAS program was developed by leaders and subject matter experts from several disciplines within the pharmaceutical industry such as:

  • Medical Affairs
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Health Economics Outcomes Research
  • Legal & Compliance
  • Clinical Development

Our Partners


Pharmaceutical Companies

The ACMA partners with medical affairs & compliance within pharmaceutical companies interested in offering the BCMAS program within their organizations.


Academic Centers of Excellence

The ACMA works closely with colleges of medicine, pharmacy and PhD programs to offer the BCMAS program to students in an accredited doctoral program. Currently, the BCMAS program is utilized at the NYU School of Medicine and Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.


Course Catalog

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Board Certified Medical Affairs Specialist Program (BCMAS)

The BCMAS program certifies doctoral level professionals and validates their professional credentials. To be eligible for the program you must have graduated with a terminal degree (MD, DO, PhD, or PharmD). Students enrolled in an accredited doctoral program (MD, DO, PharmD and PhD) are eligible. In addition, to receive board certification you are required to complete an exam. The BCMAS program is an online program.

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The Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs (ACMA) offers certificate programs designed to enhance your skills related to careers within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and diagnostic areas. The courses are appropriate for new comers to the industry, those looking to make a career change, or current industry professionals looking to enhance their professional development.

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