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Registration Examination

The Registration Examination is held normally in June and October of each training year. A pass in this examination is a pre-requisite for registration. Trainees must have completed at least 45 weeks pre-registration training in an accredited pharmacy registered in Northern Ireland to be eligible to sit this examination.

The 2020 Registration Examinations will be held on:

  • Tuesday 9 June 2020 – Elmwood Hall (QUB), Elmwood Mews, Belfast BT9 6BD
  • Friday 2 October 2020 – Society House, 73 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HL

Examination Results

The October 2019 Registration Examination results will be emailed to candidates on Friday 25 October 2019 at 10am.

Results will not be available by telephone.

Further advice about what to do if you do not pass the examination is available using this link.


Examination Rules and Instructions Examination Procedures


Further information is provided in Chapter 10 the Pre-registration Training Manual

Examination Syllabus Reference Sources for the Open Book Examination 2020



The following references sources are required the Open Book Examination 2020:

Permitted Reference Sources 2020– Important information

British National Formulary, 78th edition (September 2019 edition)
BNF for children 2019-20
Drug Tariff (Northern Ireland) April 2020 edition
The Code
Professional standards and guidance for advertising medicines and professional services
Professional standards and Guidance for Internet Pharmacy Services
Professional standards and guidance for patient confidentiality
Professional standards and guidance for patient consent
Standards and Guidance for Pharmacist Prescribing 
Professional standards and guidance for the sale and supply of medicines
Professional standards and guidance on the Responsible Pharmacist Regulations
Guidance on Raising Concerns

Calculators with simple calculation facilities can only be used, for an example click here.  Use of calculators on mobile phones, smart phones or other similar devices is not permitted.

Candidate’s are responsible for bringing in the correct resources and ensuring that they are permitted and complete. They will not be provided.

Guidance on Annotating Reference Sources for the Registration Examination


Examination Entry Form


The 2019 Registration Examination entry form is provided in the Training Manual. It can also be downloaded by clicking the Examination Entry Form link.

Applications must be received at least six weeks before the date of the examination (i.e. by 01 May 2020 for June examinations and 01 September 2020 for October examinations).

The fee for the Registration Examination 2019 is £174.

If paying by debit card please complete a Debit Card Payment Form

Cheques should be made payable to Pharmaceutical Society NI.

We do not accept Cash.

What to do if you fail the Examination