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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.

In order to qualify for the DOccMed certification by FOM, candidates must complete an approved DOccMed training course and complete both the MCQ and the Oral portfolio assessment within a 5 year period.    

Detailed 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 543 4699
Healthwork Ltd, Manchester Clare Condy
Royal Society for Public Health, London Meghan Cordery 020 7265 7314
TOPHS Ltd, Nottingham Jo Dodsworth 0115 837 3650
Newcastle Occupational Health Service – Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Course leads 0191 282 1188
University of Glasgow, Healthy Working Lives Group Sandra McGuire/Karen Taggart

2024 Dates for the Diploma in Occupational Medicine are:

Monday 13th May 2024 – (MCQ) Online Exam

Tuesday 14th May 2024 (Oral/Viva) – Online Exam

Wednesday 15th May 2024 (Oral/Viva) – Online Exam

Registration for the May 2024 exams will open at 9.00am on Monday 22nd  January 2024 and close at 5.00pm on Monday  18th March 2024.

Monday 11th November 2024 (MCQ) – Online Exam

Tuesday 12th November 2024  (Oral/Viva) – Online Exam

Wednesday 13th November 2024  (Oral/Viva) – Online Exam

Registration for the November 2024 exams will open at 9.00am on Monday 22nd  July 2024 and close at 5.00pm on Monday  16th September 2024.

Please note that there are limited spaces for these exams and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Only complete applications will be booked successfully.


All Diploma exams for the foreseeable future are scheduled to take place online. The MCQ examinations will be held in partnership with TestReach. Oral/Viva examinations will be held via MS Teams.

Further guidance for the MCQ exam can be downloaded here.

Further guidance relating to the Viva examination can be downloaded here.

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.