Just over half of candidates passed the November 2022 sitting of the registration assessment, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has announced.
The results, published on 6 December 2022, show that a total of 937 people sat the UK-wide registration assessment on 3 November 2022, of which 525 (56%) passed.
The pass rate fell compared with the 61% pass rate in autumn 2021. The 2022 pass rate is the lowest for an autumn sitting since 2016, when 41% of candidates were awarded a pass.
In November 2022, 59% of the candidates sat the exam for the first time; of those, 19% were on the provisional register, which was introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly a third (30%) of candidates were sitting for the second time, while 8% were sitting it for the third time.
The pass rate for candidates who had completed their training year in the hospital sector was 72%, (77 out of 107 candidates). For those who trained in community pharmacy, the pass rate was 52% (375 out of 719 candidates).
Commenting on the results, Duncan Rudkin, chief executive of the GPhC, said: “We would like to congratulate the successful candidates and we look forward to them joining our register and continuing to the next stage of their career.
“For those who did not pass, there is a guide on our website outlining all the options that may be available. There are also links to organisations and resources that can provide support with mental health and wellbeing.”
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society tweeted congratulations to those who passed and encouraged candidates who had not received the results they were hoping for to access the support it can offer.