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Categories of membership

Fellowship (FFOM)

Election of Members of the Faculty to Fellowship (conferring the postnominals FFOM) is the Faculty’s way of recognising those who have made a particularly significant contribution to the practice of occupational medicine, or contributed significantly to the work of the Faculty.

The criteria and application [1] process are determined by the Faculty Board. Members are given the opportunity to apply for Fellowship once in each calendar year.  Applications are considered in the first instance by the Fellowship and Recognition Committee which then makes recommendations to the Board. Only Trustees who are Fellows of the Faculty and the lay Trustees may take part in the election of Fellows.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend the Annual General Meeting to be formally presented to the President and receive their Fellowship certificate.

Submissions for Fellowship and Honorary Fellowships for award in 2020 is now open. Fellows are encouraged to propose and second submissions and to support Members in making their applications in the 2020 round.  Closing date for applications Monday 13th July 2020 at 12.00 midday.


Membership (conferring the postnominals MFOM) is available to doctors who have satisfied the Faculty that they meet the criteria to be admitted as Members.

Routes to Membership are:


Associates of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine are recognised as a key part of the occupational medicine workforce. Associateship offers a professional pathway for doctors who work in occupational medicine but are not in an approved training post.

Associate members receive the same benefits and services as Members and Fellows, including the Occupational and Environmental Medicine journal.

The qualification is gained by passing the Part 2 MFOM, which is the exit examination for specialty training in occupational medicine.  Those doctors who sit the examination while not in an approved training post must meet the eligibility criteria [5].  Gaining the AFOM qualification demonstrates a core knowledge in occupational medicine theory and practice.

Associates are not specialist occupational physicians and are not eligible for entry on to the General Medical Council’s specialist register for occupational medicine.

For those doctors who wish to proceed further with qualifications, the AFOM can be used as one of the building blocks for an application for entry to the GMC specialist register via the CESR (Certificate of Equivalence for Specialist Registration) route.

Until 2010, Associateship was gained by passing the AFOM examination, which was a mid-point examination during specialty training.  Similarly to the new route to Associateship, the qualification was aimed at those pursuing a full-time career in occupational medicine.


Trainee membership (Specialist/Specialty Registrar membership) [6] is available only to those currently on/enrolled in a recognised specialty training scheme. Trainees are automatically eligible for admission to trainee membership on enrolment with the Faculty.

There is a representative of trainees on the Faculty Board who can be contacted via the member login [7].

Affiliating Diplomates

Holders of any of the Faculty’s Diplomas [8] may affiliate to the Faculty.

Affiliating Diplomates have the following benefits:

Such affiliation to Faculty does not, in itself, confer the right to append any postnominals.

Holders of Faculty Diplomas wishing to affiliate should complete and submit the application form [9].

Honorary Fellowship

Election to Honorary Fellowship [1] (conferring the postnominals Hon FFOM) is the Faculty’s way of recognising those outwith the Faculty, and indeed often outwith medicine, who have made an outstanding contribution to the science or practice of occupational medicine.

Lifetime membership

Lifetime membership is open to Faculty members who have been in continuous membership for at least 20 years and who are either fully retired or earn below a £12k p.a. threshold. In addition to continuing to use post nominals, Lifetime members also get access to FOM events, e-newsletters and to the Members Area of the website. Lifetime membership does not include the monthly posted copy of Occupational Environmental Medicine, although a subscription can be paid to continue to receive it.