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March 2022 FRCEM SBA exam results situation update

17 May 2022

On Monday 16 May, we informed 50 candidates who sat the March 2022 FRCEM SBA examination that a fault occurred with our examination system, which resulted in those candidates incorrectly being told that they had passed the exam. We have offered the affected candidates our sincere apologies and have also set out a series of steps we are taking to support them.

We have immediately taken the steps below to mitigate the impact on the affected candidates:

  • A special additional diet of the FRCEM SBA has been arranged to allow the affected candidates to retake the examination in July.  The examination fee for this will be waived and we will cover all reasonable travel expenses.
  • The examination fee and reasonable travel expenses for the March 2022 FRCEM SBA will also be reimbursed to all 50 candidates.
  • We are in contact with the General Medical Council (GMC) and Heads of School to determine how we can further mitigate impact on those affected.

The fault and correction of results was extremely disappointing news for these candidates, and we are working hard to rectify the situation. We have also contacted all the candidates who sat the exam, but whose result was not affected by the fault.

We are committed to learning from this situation and are working to put in place measures to ensure that a situation like this does not happen again, beginning with addressing the fault that led to this issue. In addition, we have launched a full review of our examination processes, working alongside the GMC.

Our priority has been contacting all affected candidates to offer our apologies and support to them individually, before making a fuller public statement and apology.

On behalf of the College, we want to express our sincere apologies over this incident. We know how important, challenging and stressful these examinations are for candidates and we are very sorry that this has happened.

For further information, please refer to the FRCEM SBA Exam Results FAQs  (June update). Should you have any questions about this issue, please don’t hesitate to contact the College.

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