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2016 registration assessment

This page explains the changes to registration assessment from 2016. Click on the sections at the bottom of the page for more detailed information about specific topics. We’ll keep this page updated as we confirm details about the changes over the coming months.

What are the changes to the assessment from 2016?

The changes which the board of assessors have agreed are:

  • Replacing all open book source references, including  the BNF, with artefacts from clinical practice, such as patient information leaflets, which candidates will need to use to answer questions
  • Allowing calculators to be used in one of the papers
  • Removing multiple completion and assertion reason questions, and introducing a new type of multiple choice question, so that there are two types of questions - single best answer and extended matching
  • Replacing the assessment syllabus with a framework, which explains what will be tested in the assessment.

Why are the board of assessors changing the assessment?

In 2011, we introduced revised education standards and learning outcomes for pharmacy students. The first group of trainees who have been educated and trained according to these standards will sit the assessment in 2016.

Although the board has made changes to the assessment over time, it has agreed that more significant changes need to be made to make sure the assessment takes advantage of current education best practice to enable trainees to better demonstrate the competencies set out in the learning outcomes.

Will anything else change in pre-registration pharmacist training in 2016?

No, apart from small changes we make year on year, the overall format will stay the same. Practical pre-registration training in addition to a national registration assessment still provides a relevant and comprehensive way to assure that trainees have the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competence necessary to become a registered professional pharmacist.

What happens if I failed in 2015 (or earlier) but have to resit in 2016?

Everyone who sits the registration assessment in 2016 will sit the new paper, even if this is your second or third attempt. We are telling you about the changes now – 18 months before the first sitting in 2016 – so you have plenty of time to prepare.

More detail on the 2016 registration assessment ...