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NACE Statement on Novel Coronavirus Safety


Your safety and wellbeing are a top priority for NACE International. We are closely monitoring all coronavirus related safety information to ensure you are protected when involved in NACE activities.

Considering the World Health Organization (WHO) declaration of a public health emergency of international concern and the recent news of new coronavirus cases worldwide, we plan to act in accordance with any WHO guidelines and government policies in countries where our courses and events are held and wherever our people are working.

China-based testing - February 14 Update

In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and in accordance with local government guidance, Pearson VUE is temporarily closing its mainland China testing centres and suspending exam delivery through our third-party mainland China test centre network.

Exam delivery within mainland China will remain suspended through the end of March, or until it has been determined safe to resume exam deliveries in alignment to the guidance provided by local authorities and government agencies.

If your exam was cancelled, you can schedule new exam appointments with seat availability starting April 1, 2020. Testing candidates with cancelled exams will either receive a refund (if paid to Pearson VUE) or an extension as determined by your exam sponsor.

As efforts to control the COVID-19 outbreak carry on, we will continue to monitor the situation and will act upon any new guidance provided by local authorities and government agencies as they develop.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent novel coronavirus infection; the best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure to this virus. Per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the following is advised to prevent the spread of viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you were in China in the last 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, the CDC recommends that you:
  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. 
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Not travel while sick. 
International SOS (iSOS), the medical and travel services firm used by NACE, has published a useful pocket guide which can be found here.