A total of 959 candidates sat the registration assessment in four countries on 16 November, with 584 candidates passing the assessment: an overall pass rate of 61%

The results of the first four-country common registration assessment for pharmacists, held jointly by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI), have been published.

The registration assessment is one of the ways trainee pharmacists can demonstrate that they understand how to apply knowledge appropriately and in a timely way, to make professional judgements in pharmacy practice.

Passing the registration assessment is a vital element of being eligible to apply to become a registered pharmacist.

In the November assessment, 43% candidates sat for the first time, 45% for the second time and 12% for the third time. In comparison, for the July sittings 90% of candidates were sitting for the first time, 8% were sitting for the second time and 2% were sitting for the third time.

Trainee pharmacists are permitted three attempts at the registration assessment.

This autumn’s pass rate of 61% compares with the 69% pass rate for the autumn 2019 registration assessment, and the 65% pass rate for the Autumn 2018 registration assessment.

For this sitting, 30% of the candidates in Great Britain were provisionally-registered pharmacists.  This compares with 9% of candidates who sat in July and 77% of candidates who sat in March.

GPhC Chief Executive Duncan Rudkin said:

“We have worked closely with the Pharmaceutical Society NI to hold the first joint common registration assessment for trainee pharmacists in all four countries of the UK. Each assessment had to be carried out simultaneously across the United Kingdom to ensure a fair and robust process.

“We would like to congratulate the successful candidates and thank them for all their hard work and dedication in what continues to be a challenging time for health professionals. 

“There will be candidates who unfortunately did not pass, and we understand they will be disappointed by this news. We hope that they will use the guidance we have produced to help them with their next steps and understand their options.”

Pharmaceutical Society NI Chief Executive and Interim Registrar, Trevor Patterson said:

“We are delighted that the four-country common registration assessment, held jointly with the GPhC , has been successfully and safely delivered during the ongoing pandemic and we are grateful to colleagues in the GPhC for their support and assistance in Northern Ireland.

“We congratulate all those candidates who have been successful and wish them every success in their future careers as much needed additions to the healthcare workforce. 

“Those candidates in Northern Ireland who have been unsuccessful should refer to guidance on the Pharmaceutical Society NI website for further help and support on next steps.”

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