Applying to sit the registration assessment

Apply to sit the registration assessment in 2018 using the registration assessment application form.

Make sure you read the guidance notes carefully. If you have any questions, our customer contact centre may be able to help.

You must submit the following documents with your application form, depending on whether this is your first, second or third sitting:

  • First sitting: completed original Progress Report 3 which is marked as satisfactory
  • Second sitting: if there has been more than 18 months between sittings, you must provide your completed six-month supervised employment declaration
  • Third sitting: your completed six-month supervised employment declaration form.

Submitting your form

If you wish to sit the registration assessment in 2018, you must submit your application by the dates listed for the sitting.

Post your application to us at the address below using a traceable service such as recorded delivery. We don’t accept hand delivered documents.

Pre-Registration Assessment
Customer Services Team
General Pharmaceutical Council
25 Canada Square
London
E14 5LQ

We must receive your application by 5pm on the specified closing date. We will not accept any applications after this.

Assessment day – proof of identity

We will need to verify your identity when you present yourself to sit the assessment. Please bring one of the following documents with you on the assessment day:

  • a valid passport
  • a valid UK or European driving licence photo card, either full or provisional.

These are the only forms of identification we will accept on the day. Please make sure that your identity document is valid on the day of the assessment. If you do not have either of these please contact the customer contact centre

If your name on your application, or with which you want to register, is different from the one on your identity document, you must let us know by completing a change of details form.

Requesting a reasonable adjustment for the registration assessment

If you have a specific need which you feel could disadvantage you when sitting the registration assessment, you can request a ‘reasonable adjustment’ to the assessment conditions. The issue can be a temporary or permanent one.

Find out more about reasonable adjustments in the pre-registration manual.

Guidance for candidates sitting the assessment

Candidates should read the guidance for candidates sitting the assessment information carefully, as it provides impoirtant instructions and information on what to expect before, during and after the assessment. It also includes "fit to sit" guidance and advice in the event of withdrawing from the assessment and illness during the assessment.

Guidance for Sikh candidates wearing the Kirpan during the September 2018 registration assessment

Candidates should read the guidance for Sikh candidates wearing the Kirpan during the September 2018 registration assessment carefully, to ensure that they are aware of any requirements set out by venues. The document provides information for candidates sitting in each centre, and the guidelines that have been agreed with the Sikh Council in relation to wearing the Kirpan.

Making a decision to sit the registration assessment

You should only sit the assessment if you are fit to do so. Information about being fit to sit can be found in section 5.6 of the pre-registration manual.

If you are not fit to sit: withdrawal

If you think you might underperform for any reason, you should withdraw and wait for another sitting. You need to tell us that you want to withdraw from the sitting by five working days after the sitting has taken place at the latest. You must confirm to us that you want to withdraw from a sitting using the Notification of Withdrawal form. If you do not, it will count as one of your assessment attempts.

Find out more about withdrawing in section five of the pre registration manual

Misconduct

We have produced new regulations to set out how we will deal with allegations of misconduct in the 2018 registration assessments.

Nullification

If you start the assessment and then have problems during the sitting which significantly affect your performance, you can request that your attempt is ‘nullified’ under the registration assessment regulations.

You need to request that your attempt is nullified by five working days after the sitting has taken place at the latest, and you must do this using the Nullification Request form.

Find out more about nullification in section five of the pre-registration manual

Registration assessment results

We do not offer assessment results remarking. The Board of Assessors has taken the decision not to offer this option as it is satisfied that there are robust quality assurance mechanisms in place at each stage of marking the registration assessment and issuing results to candidates.

This quality assurance includes new processes that were piloted as part of the changes to registration assessment in 2016 to make sure that answer sheets have been marked correctly and that results have been reported accurately.

See how the papers are marked and results are quality assured

Any candidate who fails the assessment has right to appeal their result as in previous sittings. We will provide more information about appealing registration assessment results in our guidance for unsuccessful candidates.

Guidance for unsuccessful candidates in the registration assessment

If you are unsuccessful in the assessment, please carefully read our Guidance for unsuccessful candidates in the registration assessment, which includes information about how we mark the assessment, appealing against your unsuccessful result, and preparing for future sittings if you are eligible for another attempt.

Appealing your fail result

Should you have grounds to appeal your fail result, you must complete the application to appeal, and submit supporting evidence to explain how your circumstance has met the grounds for appeal. You must submit this by email within 21 days of the date on which your result was published for this to be considered.