The General Pharmaceutical Council has announced that 72.3 per cent of candidates who took the pre-registration assessment last month passed the exam.
It is seven per cent down on the 2,318 who passed in the June 2018 assessment with a 79 per cent pass rate and the lowest since 2011.
In total, 2,942 candidates sat the registration exam on June 27, with 2,128 students passing the assessment.
The regulators also revealed that 2,677 candidates sat the assessment for the first time, 148 for the second time and 117 for the third time.
Congratulating the trainees who passes the assessment, GPhC chief executive Duncan Rudkin said: “Each assessment is carefully set so that only the candidates who demonstrate the required knowledge and understanding can pass and be eligible to join the register.
“By only registering those who pass this challenging assessment, we can provide assurance to patients and the public that the pharmacists on our register can practise safely and effectively.”