The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on Wednesday issued interim guidelines on the conduct of licensure examinations from September to December 2020. 

Licensure examinations will only be conducted in areas under modified general community quarantine, and will be subject to the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, the PRC said.

Small-scale licensure examinations, or those with 1,000 or fewer examinees, will be conducted unless accredited professional organizations, the academe and professional regulatory boards (PRBs) request a cancellation.

Medium and large-scale licensure examinations, or those with examinees of 1,001 and higher, will not be administered unless endorsed by PRBs, subject to active health protocols.

Examinations for professions in the medical field and other “professions urgently needed by the government in the Covid-19 response” will also be allowed if endorsed by government agencies. the PRC said.

PRC Resolution No. 1256, or the Interim Guidelines in the Conduct of the Remaining 2020 Licensure Examinations, was signed by Chairman Teofilo Pilando Jr. on Aug. 5 and will take effect immediately. John Ezekiel Hirro