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Part 2 MFOM Examination

For both the 2017 Curriculum and 2022 OMST Curriculum, specialty training in occupational medicine requires trainees in approved training posts to pass two examinations.  The second of these is the MFOM Part 2 examination.

The MFOM Part 2 examination is also available to doctors who are not in approved training posts, as a route to Associateship of the Faculty, subject to meeting specific eligibility criteria.

Examination Format

The Part 2 MFOM examination is comprised of:

  1. Written Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) paper
  2. Written Modified Essay Question (MEQ) paper
  3. A written Photographic/Occupational Hygiene (PH) paper and an Observed Structured Practical Examination (OSPE)


The MCQ paper and the MEQ paper are marked separately.

The PH paper and the OSPE are marked together and a pass or fail is awarded based on the combined marks achieved in both the PH paper and OSPE. The PH paper and OSPE must be taken in the same diet.

Candidates are required to pass the MEQ, and the MCQ, and the combined PH + OPSE element in order to pass the MFOM Part 2 examination.

On a candidate’s first attempt at the MFOM Part 2, the MCQ, the MEQ, and the PH+OSPE must all be taken in the same diet.


With effect from September 2022 the following banking arrangements apply:

If a candidate passes the MCQ paper, the candidate’s pass in the MCQ will be banked and the candidate will not re-sit it.

If a candidate passes the MEQ paper, the candidate’s pass in the MEQ will be banked and the candidate will not re-sit it.

If a candidate passes the PH paper and the OSPE, the candidate’s combined pass will be banked and the candidate will not re-sit PH paper or the OSPE.


If a candidate does not pass the MCQ, or the MEQ, or the PH+OSPE combined element, on their first attempt, the candidate can apply to re-sit.

The number of re-sit attempts relates to the number of diets in which the candidate attempts the MCQ and/or MEQ and/or PH+OSPE.


With effect from the September 2022, candidates will be charged proportionately to the number of components that they are sitting:

First attempt at the MFOM Part 2 examination: £1,240

MCQ re-sit: £310

MEQ re-sit: £310

PH and OPSE combined re-sit: £620

Please note that the information on this page is applicable to all MFOM Part 2 examination candidates, regardless of whether they are following the 2017 Curriculum or the 2022 OMST Curriculum.

If you have any queries about the above, please see our Part 2 MFOM FAQs page.

Recommended reading list

Sample modified essay questions

Examination fees

2024 dates for the Part 2 MFOM are: 

Monday, 29th January 2024 (Written – MCQ and Photo Hygiene Papers) – online through our partners TestReach

Tuesday 30th January 2024 (Written – MEQ paper) – online through our partners TestReach

Please click here for the protocol document relating to FOM exams taken through TestReach.

Tuesday March 5th  (OSPE) – Sheffield

Registration for the Jan / March exams will open at 9.00am on Monday October 23rd 2024 and close at 5.00pm on Monday December 4th. Only complete applications will be booked successfully.

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