Pass rates for September’s registration assessment for trainee pharmacists were up almost 20 per cent on the previous year, the General Pharmaceutical Council revealed as it congratulated the successful candidates.

481 candidates passed the September assessment, a pass rate of 58.3 per cent, a significant jump from the 40.76 per cent pass rate seen in September 2016.

Out of 825 candidates, 325 were sitting the assessment for the first time, 446 for the second time and 54 for the third time.

The GPhC has announced the names of the 481 candidates who passed.

GPhC chief executive Duncan Rudkin said: “Many congratulations to all the trainees who passed this September’s registration assessment. I would like to wish them all the best for their future careers. I also want to acknowledge the tutors and education and training providers for their hard work in helping trainees to reach this milestone.

“From the first day on our register, pharmacists play an integral role in supporting the health of their patients. The registration assessment helps to make sure that candidates have and are able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills to meet this important responsibility.”

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