The pass rate for the September pharmacy registration assessment was higher than last year, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has revealed.

Figures published today (25 October) by the GPhC showed that 65% of pre-registration trainee pharmacists passed the assessment, a seven percentage point increase on last year’s September exam pass rate.

Of the 834 candidates who sat the exam on 27 September, 544 passed. There were 319 candidates sitting the assessment for the first time, 448 for the second time and 67 for the third time.


‘Integral role’


Commenting on the results, GPhC chief executive Duncan Rudkin said that ‘pharmacists play an integral role in supporting the health and care of their patients’.

He added: ‘Through the registration assessment, we make sure that only those candidates who have – and can demonstrate they have – the required knowledge and skills to practise safely and effectively are able to join the register.

‘Many congratulations to all the trainees who passed this year’s registration assessment. I’d like to wish them well for their future careers. I’d also like to mention the tutors, and education and training providers for their hard work in helping trainees prepare for this significant step.’