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Registration Assessment 2021

At its Council meeting of 28 January 2020, the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society NI approved a Communications and Implementation Plan, agreed with our partners in the GPhC, to ensure a smooth change to a joint GPhC/Pharmaceutical Society NI Common Registration Assessment commencing in June 2021.

Speaking about the importance of ensuring a successful transition to the new Registration Assessment, Trevor Patterson, Chief Executive of the Pharmaceutical Society NI said:

“We have worked hard to ensure that the new Common Registration Assessment will be suitable for entrants from Northern Ireland.  The main change is to the format of the assessment rather than the learning content.  However, we recognise that change can come with uncertainty and we are determined to ensure that students, pre-registration tutors, training providers and other stakeholders clearly understand what to expect and can prepare accordingly.

“For this reason, we have been working with the GPhC to develop this Communications and Implementation Plan to cover all aspects of this project.  I am particularly grateful to our colleagues in the GPhC for the effort and time commitment they have given to this task.

“Some of our key activities are outlined below and I would encourage all interested parties to read the information provided and engage with the relevant activities when appropriate”.

A series of online resources about the Common Registration Assessment Framework will be made available in due course. This will include Frequently Asked Questions and sample assessment questions.  To avoid any confusion to students sitting the current June 2020 Pharmaceutical Society NI Examination, it is envisaged that the resources will be available from July 2020 for students entering the 2020/2021 programme.

In the interim, those who would like to know more about the format of the current GPhC registration assessment may wish to review the current resources made available by the GPhC which relate to its registration assessment, upon which the Common Registration Assessment 2021 will be based.