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GPhC updates FAQs following health & safety concerns raised by the PDA

Over the Christmas period, PDA members eligible to sit the GPhC assessment examination in March 2021 raised their concerns over the Pearson Vue guidance that water was not allowed in their test centres during examinations.

Wed 6th January 2021 The PDA

The PDA wrote to the regulator in the strongest terms, highlighting the health and safety issue of being able to maintain hydration during the assessment exam, most especially if they would be expected to wear PPE.

We are pleased to note that the GPhC responded in their update yesterday with a new response.


The FAQ reads…

What happens if I need a drink if I am taking the assessment at a test centre?

You can take a drink with you to the test centre. It must be in a clear bottle, which has your name written clearly on it. You will be directed to put the bottle on a table just outside of the test room. If you want to have a drink during the assessment sitting, you must raise your hand. A Test Administrator (TA) will then lock your computer terminal and you will be permitted to walk to the table, collect your bottle and have a drink. You will be monitored at all times both in person and via CCTV to make sure nothing happens which could affect the integrity of the assessment. When you have finished taking a drink, you can return to your computer terminal, which will be unlocked by the TA. The clock remains running throughout your drink break. If you need a drink but have not brought your own bottle, you must raise your hand. A TA will then lock your computer terminal and you will be permitted to leave the test room. Once outside, you will need to ask the TA for a drink, who will arrange a cup of water for you.


Paul Day, PDA Director, said: “While this is not a perfect solution this is better than was originally announced. We continue to raise the concerns of our members and will work for further improvements at this difficult time.”


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