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Part 1 MFOM examination

Specialty training in occupational medicine requires trainees, in approved training posts, to pass two examinations.  The first, Part 1 MFOM, is taken in the first year.

This examination is also available to doctors who are training outwith approved training posts [1], subject to certain conditions.

The regulations for the Part 1 MFOM are based on the MCQ section of the Regulations for the Diploma in Occupational Medicine [2]. The syllabus is also related to the DOccMed’s syllabus [3], which must be read in conjunction with the Regulations for the award of Membership [4].

Recommended reading list [5]

Examination fees [6]

Notes for candidates

The Part 1 MFOM examination comprises a multiple choice question (MCQ) paper. It is the same examination as set for the MCQ component of the Diploma in Occupational Medicine. The Part 1 MFOM, however, will not include the portfolio and oral defence components of the Diploma, which are tested by other means and at a different level during the specialist training programme.

The Regulations for the award of Membership recommend that, in preparation for the Part 1 MFOM examination, candidates undertake an appropriate academic course, such as a Faculty-approved Diploma Training Course. This is not mandatory (i.e. Diploma regulation D2 does not apply) if the intention is only to sit the Part 1 examination. Some candidates may elect voluntarily to attempt the Diploma in Occupational Medicine (although this is not a requirement of specialist training). Please see the Diploma in Occupational Medicine [7] page for a list of appropriate academic courses.


2021 Dates for the Part 1 MFOM are:

Monday, 8th November 2021 (MCQ)

Further guidance for the MCQ exam can be downloaded here [8]

Registration for the November 2021 exam 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 this exam and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Only complete applications will be booked successfully.

2022 Dates for the Part 1 MFOM are:

Monday, 9th May 2022 (MCQ)

Registration for the May 2022 exam will open at 9.00am on Monday 24th January 2022 and close at 5.00pm on Monday 14th March 2022. Please note that there are limited spaces for this exam and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Only complete applications will be booked successfully.

Please note:  Due to the ongoing need to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19, we have changed the ways in which our examinations are organised. All Diploma / Part 1 exams for the foreseeable future are scheduled to take place online. The MCQ examination will be held in partnership with TestReach [9].


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

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