The registration assessment: withdrawal and nullification

If you were registered to sit the March assessment exam but felt unwell in advance so decided not to sit, or if something went wrong during the exam you will need to let the GPhC know.

Withdrawing from the assessment

If you decided that you were not well enough to sit the exam, you must inform the GPhC that you have withdrawn from the exam. The deadline for notifying the GPhC is 5:00 pm on Thursday the 25th March 2021. If you do not inform the GPhC that you have withdrawn from the sitting, they will count it as one of your three attempts to sit the exam. If you withdraw from the assessment your exam registration fee will be refunded to the card that was used to pay the fee. If you decide to sit the assessment again, you should apply in the usual manner.

You can download the Notification of withdrawal from the registration assessment form from the GPhC website.

Falling ill during the exam – nullification

If you fell ill during the exam you should bring this to the attention of an invigilator as soon as you can. They will then fill in a report form that you will need to give to the GPhC if you decide that your performance has been badly affected by your illness. All nullification forms must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Thursday 25th March 2021. If your attempt is nullified it will not count towards your three attempts at the assessment, but you will not find out your result. If you sit the assessment again, you will need to apply as normal and you will need to pay another entry fee.

You can download the Nullification request form from the GPhC website.

Additional support

Should the assessment or issues surrounding your withdrawal or nullification be causing you stress, you may wish to chat with one of our Listening Friends. Our Listening Friends telephone helpline is staffed by trained volunteers who offer callers the opportunity to talk anonymously and in confidence to a pharmacist about any stresses they are facing in their work, study or home life. To arrange a call contact us by e-mail at on 0808 168 5133 or e-mail

For information, guidance and support with stress and anxiety, visit our Wardley Wellbeing Hub.

If you are a provisionally registered pharmacist, you can call the RPS helpline. You do not have to be a member of the RPS to access this helpline. Call them on 0207 572 2737 or e-mail