Provisionally registered pharmacists cannot continue to work in this capacity if they did not pass the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) exam.

C&D reported that provisionally registered pharmacists cannot continue to work in this capacity after 9am on April 29 if they learn they did not pass the GPhC exam.  Candidates who sat the March 17-18 registration assessment will receive their results by 9am on April 29, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) wrote in an email to employers.

Provisionally registered pharmacists who pass the GPhC assessment will remain on the provisional register until they complete their application to join the register as a pharmacist.

“We realise this will be very disappointing for the people who do not pass,” GPhC

C&D also reported that GPhC director of education and standards Mark Voce said that provisionally registered pharmacists who did not pass the exam cannot continue working as such for a short period of time after receiving their results.

Mr Voce said it would not “be reasonable to expect them to continue in that capacity as they deal with the immediate impact of the news and do not believe it would be in the best interests of patient safety given the objective evidence that they have not, as yet, passed the assessment”. 

The GPhC’s advice for employers is that they should “…discuss working arrangements with any prov-reg pharmacists you employ for 29 April and thereafter, for example scheduling the day off and/or arranging appropriate cover.”

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