Attention: All PAM Certified RMicro ( Registered Microbiologists ) and SMicro ( Specialist Microbiologists )

The proposed Microbiology Bill is nearing its approval by the House and Senate Committees on Civil Service, possibly by the end of 2019. We were assured by the sponsors of the Bill, both in the Congress and Senate, of this big possibility.

The Microbiology Bill endorsed by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to the Civil Service Committees of both houses is posted in the PAM website. Please look at Section 21 which will affect all PAM certified microbiologists.

SECTION 21. Registration Without Examination. – The Board shall register without examination any person who can present evidence or proof satisfactory to the Board that:

  1. He/she is a Filipino citizen;   
  1. He/she is a person of good moral character;
  2. He/she has twenty-four (24) units of microbiology from an HEI duly recognized by the CHED, passed certification exam conducted by reputable, well established and long-standing professional organization in microbiology or its equivalencies in the practice of Microbiology as assessed by the Board and has been actively practicing microbiology for at least five (5) years. For this purpose, equivalencies shall refer to activities which may include, but not be limited to participation/attendance to trainings, scientific conferences/symposia in microbiology in the last 5 years, research publications as prescribed by the Board or national research awards in microbiology, recognized innovations or solutions to microbiological problems in industry.

All qualified applicants must apply for registration within two (2) years from the effectivity of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of this Act. Thereafter, anyone who wants to be registered shall have to take the examination.

The above provision states that all PAM certified microbiologists (RMicro and SMicro) will be given registration without examination if they satisfy the above requirements – provided that they are currently PAM certified (this will be included in the IRR of the Law). Therefore, all PAM certified microbiologists (RMicro and SMicro) must renew their certification soon.

PAM is granting amnesty to all RMicro and SMicro who have not renewed their certification for many years. To be re-certified and eventually obtain PRC license to practice microbiology without taking the licensure examination, the following are the requirements:

  1. Study instructions on the amnesty program for renewal of certification as stated below.
  2. Earn 12 CPD units – for those renewing this 2019; 24 CPD units for renewing in 2020. (See the instructions how you can earn these units);

The CPD units can be earned from 2010 to present.
Submission of certificate of attendance to these microbiology events is a must.


Effective February 11, 2019, all Registered Microbiologists (RMicro) and Specialist Microbiologists (SMicro) whose certification has expired shall be required to abide by the requirements, rules and regulations on Continuing Professional Development (CPD).  RMicro and SMicro shall show proofs of completion of CPD units-requirement.

Earn 12 CPD units – for those renewing this 2019; 24 CPD units for renewing in 2020. (See the instructions how you can earn these units);

The CPD units can be earned from 2010 to present.
Please see below the table on how CPD units can be earned.
Submission of certificate of attendance to these microbiology events is a must.

The objectives of the CPD are as follows:

  1. To ensure the continuous advancement of RMicro and SMicro with the latest trends in the fields of microbiology and other related fields;
  2.  To raise and maintain RMicro’s and SMicro’s capability for delivering professional services;
  3. To maintain the high standard in the practice of microbiology and related fields;
  4. To ensure globally competitive RMicro and SMicro; and
  5. To promote the general welfare of the public.
Table 1.   Program and activities qualified for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit units –                                                                Units/Activity Credit Units
A.       Participation in PSM – organized Events
A.1.   Attendance in annual convention 12/convention
A.2.   Attendance in cluster symposia 8/symposium
A.3.   Attendance in Regional Chapter (RC) annual meeting 8/meeting
A.4.   Attendance in RC workshops 8/workshop
A.5.   As Trainor in workshops 8/training
A.6.    As author/co-author and presentor in oral paper +4/paper presentor+2 for co-author
A.7.    As author/co-author and presentor  in poster paper +2/poster presentor+1 for co-author
A.8.    As resource speaker +4/topic
A.9.    As panelist/reactor/discussant +2/topic
A.10.  As facilitator/moderator +1/session
B.       Participation in Non-PSM Organized (National and International Events) (presentor in oral or poster – similar to PSM)
B.1.    Attendance in Conventions of other Scientific Microbiology Organizations with 100% microbiology topics (i.e. Mycological Society of the Philippines/MSP, Phil Society of Lactic Acid Bacteria/PSLAB, etc) 4/convention
B.2.   Attendance in Seminars Sponsored by Those Organizations mentioned in 2/seminar
B.3. Attendance in Conventions of Microbiology-related Scientific Organizations with topics not 100% microbiology (i.e. PAMET, PAFT, Inc.) 2/convention
B.4.   Attendance in seminars sponsored by those organizations mentioned in 1/seminar
B.5.   As Trainor in workshops 8/training
B.6.    As author/co-author and presentor in oral paper +4/paper presentor+2  co-author
B.7.    As author/co-author and presentor in poster paper +2/poster presentor+1 for co-author
B.8.    As resource speaker +4/topic
B.9.    As panelist/reactor/discussant +2/topic
B.10.  As facilitator/moderator +1/session
C.  Post Graduate/Specialty Training
C.1.  Master’s degree (only for RMicro) 1/academic unit+20 upon completion of degree
C.2.  Doctoral degree (only for SMicro) 2/academic unit+30 upon completion of degree
C.3.  Fellowship/Specialty Training 6 for 1 month or less
Indicate the activity related to microbiology training attended +8/month in excess of one month
Capacity building for tertiary education in selected microbiology courses for members of microbiology consortia in the country sponsored by CHED and implemented by the Microbiology Division, IBS, CAS, UPLB.5-days training for one microbiology course  


12 units


The Continuing Professional Development Committee (CPD com) reviews the application for renewal to confirm that the applicant complies with the renewal requirements.



  1. Submit the ff: soft copies of the documents to:
Subject: Renewal of Certification
    1. properly accomplished CPD Form No. 1 (please download the forms shown below) for renewal of certification;
    2. CPD Form No. 2 Table of attained CPD units (see above the table) together with scanned copies of proofs and evidences;
    3. Scanned copy of deposit slip of P3,000 – application fee paid to Philippine Academy of Microbiology Account No: 246470000865; PNB – UPLB Branch, UPLB College, Laguna.

copy of deposit slip of P3,000 as application fee.

  1. Hard copy of these documents must be sent to the office address of PAM together with scanned
PAM Office address
The PAM Continuing Professional Development Committee
10849 Victoria Ela St. Therese Cmpd., Batong Malake, Los Baños
  1. Fulfill all other requirements given in the instructions for the renewal of certification./li>

Renewal shall start on the date of completion of requirements with a validity of three (3) years.

Applicants will be notified on the status of their application thru email.

The successful applicant should pay P300 for the PAM ID Certified Registered Microbiologist (RMicro)/Certified Specialist Microbiologist (SMicro) to PAM PNB account. She/he should send through email the scanned copy of deposit slip. As soon as the committee receives the proof of payment for the ID, the PAM ID with PAM Registry No. ________ will be sent through courier.


Application for Renewal of Certification CPD Form No. 1

Application for Renewal fo Certification CPD Form No. 2