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General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI), regulatory bodies for pharmacists in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, are considering the possibility of moving to a four-country registration assessment.

According to the recently published GPhC meeting papers, a council workshop held on April 11 had a detailed discussion on merging the pre-registration examinations.

Currently, GPhC conducts the pre-registration examinations for England, Scotland and Wales together while PSNI conducts a separate examination for Northern Ireland students.

“Moving to a UK-wide assessment would fully harmonise the initial education and training requirements for pharmacists in the UK,” the GPhC paper read.

“If agreed, the first common cohort would sit the assessment in June 2021.”

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