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Common Registration Assessment November 2021

The Pharmaceutical Society NI is now pleased to confirm that the Common Registration Assessment, in collaboration with the GPhC, will be held on Tuesday 16 November 2021.

Candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the information and documents available on the GPhC website including the registration assessment regulations, registration assessment specifications and the process for requesting a reasonable adjustment in the November sitting.

What is the format of the Common Registration Assessment?

The Common Registration Assessment will be computer based and will be delivered at Pearson Vue centres in Northern Ireland.

The assessment will be based on the Registration Assessment Framework and will consist of two parts.  Further information about the assessment format is available on the GPhC website.  A paper-based assessment is not available.

How do I apply? (for NI candidates only)

The formal application process to sit the Common Registration Assessment for NI candidates will be operated by the Pharmaceutical Society NI and will open shortly.  We will notify all potential candidates when this occurs, providing instructions on how to apply.  Further information about how to book a venue for the assessment will follow as soon as possible.

Applications for Reasonable Adjustments is now open

NI Candidates who have a specific need which they feel could disadvantage them when sitting the Common Registration Assessment may request a ‘reasonable adjustment’ to the assessment conditions.  NI Candidates who wish to request a reasonable adjustment, however, must apply now through the GPhC process for requesting a reasonable adjustment.

Candidates from Northern Ireland are invited to read the application process for reasonable adjustments carefully and apply at the earliest opportunity.  If you have requested an adjustment for a previous sitting, you will need to apply again if you want to request an adjustment for the sitting in November.  Further information about requesting a reasonable adjustment can be found on the GPhC website.

Applications for reasonable adjustments will close at noon on Monday 06 September 2021.

The registration assessment specifications set out how the assessment will be run, and will help you decide if you need to request a reasonable adjustment.

What are the Northern Ireland eligibility requirements for entry to the Common Registration Assessment?

You must have successfully completed 45 weeks of our pre-registration programme as the sole pupil of a tutor, having obtained a satisfactory 39-week appraisal.  Further information about eligibility requirements to sit the Common Registration Assessment for NI candidates are available at this link.

Must I sit the Registration Assessment in November?

No-one is compelled to sit this or any specific assessment.  You should only sit the Registration Assessment when you are fully prepared to do so.  You must, however, first-sit the Registration Assessment within 18 months of completing pre-registration training.

Further information about the fit to sit policy for the assessment including processes for nullification of a sitting attempt, withdrawal from the assessment and processes of appeal are available on the GPhC website and assessment regulations.

Preparing to sit the assessment

Candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the supporting information on the GPhC website about preparing to sit the assessment where you can access  information, including webinars and tutorials, about how to complete the computer-based assessment along with sample questions for part 1 and part 2 of the assessment.

Further information about arrangements for release of results and registration will be provided as soon as possible.