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Northern Ireland has achieved 98 per cent pass percentage in the recently held pharmacists’ pre-registration examination.

According to the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, he regulatory and professional body for pharmacists in Northern Ireland, a total of 132 out of 135 pre-registration trainees passed in the exam held on August 11.

The 98 per cent pass percentage is much higher than the 72 per cent and 69 per cent recorded in last year’s registration exams held in England, Scotland, and Wales.

This year’s exam was held in three venues, including Methodist College Belfast, Ulster University Jordanstown and Ulster University of Coleraine, to meet the social distancing requirements following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Subject to being signed off by their pre-registration tutor, the successful trainees will now join the register of pharmaceutical chemists and can practice pharmacy in Northern Ireland.

Dr Jim Livingstone, president of the Pharmaceutical Society NI, congratulated the achievers and said: “As you begin your career, take time to reflect on how much you have achieved so far through many years of study and preparation.

“You can be confident that you have already experienced some exceptional circumstances for healthcare in Northern Ireland and you should look forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

“As the new generation of pharmacists, your skill and vision will help shape the future of pharmacy in Northern Ireland and continue to set high standards of patient care.”

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