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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 [1].

Examination fees [2]

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 Birmingham [3] CPD Team 0121 414 8606 med-cpdbookings@contacts.bham.ac.uk [4]
University of Manchester [5] CPD Team 0161 275 5521 PGT-COEH@manchester.ac.uk [6]
Royal Society for Public Health, London [7] Meghan Cordery 020 7265 7314 MCordery@rsph.org.uk [8]


As a consequence of the ongoing global COVID-19 situation, the FOM has taken the decision to cancel the Diploma in Occupational Medicine examinations that were scheduled to take place on 11th, 12th and 13th May 2020. 

If you have booked a place to sit an examination in May 2020, you will automatically be re-booked on to the November sitting (9th, 10th, 11th November).

If you would prefer to have a refund, and do not wish to be transferred to the November sitting, please contact payments@fom.ac.uk [9] giving details of your examination booking.

Please be assured that trainees will not be penalised for missing exams because of circumstances beyond their control related to COVID-19. The Faculty has been given assurances by the National School of Occupational Health, who provide the ARCPs for our specialty, that progression in training that is exam success dependent will not automatically be halted, but will be based on evidence of competence and capability with the proviso that the exam is successfully completed at the next sitting.


2020 dates for the Diploma in Occupational Medicine are:

Monday, 9th November 2020 (MCQ – FOM, 2 Lovibond Lane, London, SE10 9FY)

Tuesday, 10th November 2020 (Oral/Viva – FOM, 2 Lovibond Lane, London, SE10 9FY)

Wednesday, 11th November 2020 (Oral/Viva – FOM, 2 Lovibond Lane, London, SE10 9FY)

Registration for the November 2020 exams will open on Monday 13th July 2020 at 09:00 and will close on Monday 14th September 2020 at 17:00. 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. 

If you would like to enter into this examination, please log in to the members’ area [10] 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.