A total of 2907 candidates sat the assessment across three sittings in 29 July, with 2371 candidates passing the assessment; an overall pass rate of 82%.

July 2021 summary statistics

Candidates Number % of total
Total number of candidates 2907 100%
Number of first time sitters 2625 90.0%
(of which were provisionally registered) (259) (9%)
Number of second time sitters 224 8%
Number of third time sitters 58 2%

GPhC Chief Executive Duncan Rudkin said:

“We would like to congratulate the successful candidates who have demonstrated they have the knowledge and skills needed to practise safely and effectively. This is a significant achievement, particularly given the challenges with completing their training during the pandemic. We look forward to these candidates joining the register at the earliest possible opportunity.

“We also want to thank the tutors, education and training providers and employers who supported candidates throughout their training.

“We know that candidates who haven’t passed this sitting will be very disappointed. We hope the guidance we have developed will help them understand their options for next steps and are grateful to all of the organisations and individuals across pharmacy who will also provide them with support and advice.”

Quality assuring the registration assessment

The registration assessment papers are developed by experienced pharmacists and assessment experts. Questions are written by practising pharmacists, then the standard of each question is set by standards setters, all of whom are practising pharmacists with current knowledge of pre-registration trainees and/or recently registered pharmacists.

Papers are then set by an appointed body of pharmacists and assessment experts, the Board of Assessors. All questions and papers are mapped on to the GPhC’s registration assessment framework to ensure they reflect the practice of a day one pharmacist.

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