Interns need more hours before written exam: Board

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The Pharmacy Board has announced a change to the written examination eligibility criteria from 1 January 2018.

In its latest communique, the Board highlighted that from 1 January 2018, interns wishing to sit the Intern Written Examination will need to have completed 40% of their required approved supervised practice hours by the date of the examination.

The current eligibility requirement is completion of 30% of approved supervised practice hours which will be maintained for examinations conducted during 2016 and 2017.

The decision was made by the Board in conjunction with APC. 

The decision was based on APC’s recommendation regarding the optimum time for candidates to sit the written examination during the intern year and is based on data collected by APC over more than five years.

The change in eligibility criteria will ensure interns have had sufficient time and experience in their supervised practice in order to demonstrate their competence and also have the best possible chance to be successful at the examination, the Board says.

“With written examinations scheduled on a regular basis, the change in eligibility criteria is expected to have little or no impact on interns.”

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