GPhC announces results from the September 2018 registration assessment

We are pleased to announce the names of the 544 pre-registration trainee pharmacists who passed their registration assessment in September.

Follow this link to see the pass list

There were 834 candidates who sat our registration assessment on 27 September 2018, with 544 candidates who passed the assessment; a pass rate of 65.2%

There were 319 candidates who sat the assessment for the first time; 448 for the second time and 67 for the third time.

Pre-registration trainee pharmacists are permitted three attempts at the registration assessment.

This year’s pass rate of 65.2% compares with the 58.3% pass rate for the September 2017 registration assessment.  

GPhC Chief Executive Duncan Rudkin said:

“Many congratulations to all the trainees who passed this year’s registration assessment. I’d like to wish them well for their future careers. I’d also like to mention the tutors, and education and training providers for their hard work in helping trainees prepare for this significant step. 
“From the first day on our register, pharmacists play an integral role in supporting the health and care of their patients. Through the registration assessment, we make sure that only those candidates who have - and can demonstrate they have – the required knowledge and skills to practise safely and effectively are able to join the register.”
Notes to editors


Pass rates
  • 290 candidates did not pass this time
  • Of those who took the paper for the third time, 31 passed and 36 did not pass
September 2018 Pass mark per paper 
  • The pass mark for part 1 is 25/39 (64.1%)
  • The pass mark for part 2 is 79/118 (66.5%)


September 2018 summary statistics

Candidate numbers Number % of total
Total number of candidates 834 100%
Number of first sitting candidates 319 38.2% 
Number of second sitting candidates 448 53.7%
Number of third sitting candidates 67 8.0%
Candidate performance – pass rates Number % of total
Overall pass 544 65.2%
Overall fail 290 34.8%
First sitting candidates - pass 196 61.4%
Second sitting candidates - pass 317 70.9%
Third sitting candidates - pass 31 46.3%


The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is the independent regulator of more than 53,000 pharmacists, 23,000 pharmacy technicians and 14,000 pharmacy premises in England, Scotland and Wales 

Our remit is to protect, promote and maintain the health, safety and wellbeing of patients, the public and all those who use pharmacy services

The GPhC sets out the standards of conduct, ethics and performance that pharmacy professionals must follow. A pharmacy professional’s conduct will be judged against these standards and failure to comply could put their registration at risk. 

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