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Investing in Occupational Health is fundamental if we want to improve the health of the UK population.  The majority of adults spend a significant amount of time in work and this presents an opportunity to influence people’s health for the better.

The Diploma in Occupational Medicine is designed for medical practitioners who are working part-time in occupational medicine or who have an interest in occupational medicine.  It is most frequently taken by general practitioners who often add to their practice portfolio by providing occupational health services to local companies.

General practitioners (GPs) are normally an employee’s first port of call when they are unable to go to work because of illness or when they think they may have a work-related illness.

Recognising the important part that GPs can play in helping people to stay in work or get back to work, FOM is keen to support GPs by offering qualifications, guidance and education.

Information about the format of the examination can be found in the DOccMed Regulations.

Examination fees

Approved course centres

Candidates are required to attend a FOM approved DOccMed training course before applying for the examination.  Please contact the training centres directly using the information in the table below.

Location Contact Telephone Email
University of Manchester CPD Team 0161 275 5521
Royal Society for Public Health, London Meghan Cordery 020 7265 7314
TOPHS Ltd, Nottingham Jo Dodsworth 0115 837 3650

Examinations Update

As a consequence of the ongoing global COVID-19 situation, the FOM took the decision to postpone the Diploma in Occupational Medicine examinations that were scheduled to take place on 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th November 2020.

The written / MCQ examination will now be taking place online on Monday 22nd February 2021 in conjunction with TestReach, with the viva examinations, rescheduled for 17th, 18th and 19th February 2021. 

Candidates should by now have received an email with more details regarding this.

Guidance for the MCQ examination can be downloaded here.

Guidance for the oral examination can be downloaded here.

Candidates who are not able to take the examinations on these dates can request to be refunded in full by contacting our payments team.

The application window for the May 2021 sitting, which we also anticipate will be taking place online, will open on Monday 11th January 2021.

2021 Dates for the Diploma in Occupational Medicine are:

Monday, 10th May 2021 (MCQ)

Tuesday, 11th May 2021 (Oral/Viva)

Wednesday, 12th May 2021 (Oral/Viva)

Registration for the May 2021 exams is currently open and will close on Monday 15th March 2021 at 17:00. Please note that there are limited spaces for these exams and therefore will booked on a first come first served basis. Only complete applications will be booked successfully. 

Monday, 8th November 2021 (MCQ)

Tuesday, 9th November 2021 (Oral/Viva)

Wednesday, 10th November 2021 (Oral/Viva)

Registration for the November 2021 exams will open at 9.00am on Monday 26th July 2021 and close at 5.00pm on Monday 13th September 2021. Please note that there are limited spaces for these exams and therefore will booked on a first come first serve basis. Only complete applications will be booked successfully.

Please note:  Due to the ongoing need to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19, there may be changes in the way that examinations are organised. Candidates will be notified of any changes prior to the examinations being held.

If you would like to enter into this examination, please log in to the members’ area and follow the ‘Exams’ link.   If you are applying for the Portfolio Examination please ensure you are using the current template. Ensure the application is complete and apply early during the booking period. If places fill-up still apply online as we do our best to meet demand. A ‘waiting list’ allocates places in order of application. Please note that if an examination is not available on the list it means that applications are not open at this time.