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GPhC: June pre-reg exam pass rate drops to record low of 72%

The pass rate for this June's registration exam has dropped to the lowest on record, according to General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) figures.

This pass rate of 72.3%, announced by the regulator this morning (July 26), was down 6.7 percentage points from last year's 79%.

It is the lowest pass rate since the GPhC took over responsibility for the assessment in 2011.

A total of 2,942 candidates sat the exam on June 27, with 2,128 trainees passing.

Of the candidates who sat the exam, 2,677 did so for the first time, 148 for the second time and 117 for the third time.

GPhC: Exam provides assurance to patients

GPhC chief executive Duncan Rudkin congratulated trainees who passed this summer’s registration assessment, and said he acknowledges the “hard work of tutors and education and training providers”.

“Each assessment is carefully set so that only the candidates who demonstrate the required knowledge and understanding can pass and be eligible to join the register,” Mr Rudkin continued.

This means the regulator can provide assurance to patients and the public that registered pharmacists can “practise safely and effectively”.

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