The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) says 427 out of 701 pre-registration trainee pharmacists have passed its September 2014 registration assessment, a pass rate of 60.9%.
This compares with a pass rate of 69.2% for 760 candidates in September 2013.
Of the September 2014 candidates, 338 were taking the assessment for the first time (62.4% passed), 311 for the second time (61.6% passed) and 52 for the third time (47.1% passed). Unless there are exceptional circumstances, only three attempts at the assessment are permitted.
“Pharmacists have a huge responsibility in protecting the health and well-being of patients and members of the public,” says Duncan Rudkin, GPhC chief executive. “The registration assessment plays an important role in making sure that only those candidates who are able to demonstrate the knowledge and understanding to practise safely can join the register.”
The names of the successful candidates can be found on the GPhC website. The next registration assessment takes place in June 2015.