More than 2,900 candidates have booked a place for the March 2021 registration assessment, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has said — a similar figure to the 2,942 people who sat the exam in June 2019.
The postponed assessment will take place on 17 and 18 March 2021.
In a briefing published on 5 March 2021, the regulator said that the “vast majority” of candidates across Great Britain would be able to sit the registration assessment within 50 miles of their home address. It added that “additional capacity in Scotland has been identified and Scottish candidates who want to sit the assessment in Scotland should be able to do so”.
Some of the 2,605 provisionally registered pharmacists had previously reported that they had been unable to book at an assessment centre in their local area. The GPhC issued an apology for the problems some candidates were experiencing when trying to book an assessment, recognising that candidates in Scotland had faced particular difficulties booking at a site in their home nation.
In the latest briefing, the regulator acknowledged that reduced capacity at test centres meant that “some candidates are travelling further than they would wish and some may require overnight stays”.
The GPhC also said that all candidates in Great Britain who had asked to sit the exam remotely as part of the reasonable adjustment system had now received a booking confirmation.