Assuring the registration assessment

To make sure that each registration assessment is consistent, the question papers are set and moderated by an appointed body, the Board of Assessors. All decisions about questions, papers, candidates and pass marks are made by the board.

See how registration assessment papers are created and marked [PDF 147 KB]

Read our response to an FOI request about marking the March 2021 assessment  [PDF 205 KB], and the marking algorithm which the Board of Assessors follow [PDF 241 KB]

The Board of Assessors is made up of:

  • a pharmacist chair
  • a pharmacist deputy chair
  • other pharmacist members (a mixture of academic pharmacists and pharmacists in practice)
  • members who are not pharmacists, but assessment experts

Members of the board

Professor Andrew Husband, Newcastle University, pharmacist (chair)

Dr James Desborough, University of East Anglia, pharmacist

Dr Gareth Holsgrove, education consultant

Mr Steve Howard, pharmacist

Professor Chris Langley, Aston University, pharmacist

Dr Helen Richardson, medical educator

Dr Mat Smith, Cardiff University, pharmacist

Professor Alison Strath, Robert Gordon University, pharmacist

Mr Ahmed Aboo, De Montfort University, pharmacist

Ms Kathryn Davison, University of Sunderland, pharmacist

Ms Laura Doyle, Cardiff University, pharmacist

Ms Sonia Chand, Hospital pharmacist

The Board of Assessors will not enter into discussion or correspondence with individual candidates around assessment matters. If you would like to discuss the assessment, queries should be directed to the exam team at or by calling our contact centre on 0203 713 8000.