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MFOM Written

About MFOM Written

The MFOM written exam consists of one paper containing 100 multiple choice questions (3 hours).

If you have not already passed the LFOM you must apply to sit the LFOM Written exam.

New for 2021

Please note that the order of the Portfolio and Written components has been reversed, starting in 2021. Candidates must now pass the MFOM Written exam before they are eligible to sit the MFOM Portfolio.

Also note that the MFOM Written exam is being held online, via remote invigilation. Click here for more information about remote invigilation.

Multiple choice question paper

This paper tests your knowledge of occupational medicine and will cover topics listed in the exam syllabus.

As well as clinical aspects of occupational medicine, the paper will also include questions on clinical medicine and disease management.

The multiple choice questions are usually 'best of five' style.

Entry requirements

You must:

  • Hold a medical qualification from a medical school recognised by the World Health Organisation
  • Be registered to practice medicine by the relevant body in your home country. You will need to provide evidence of this during the application process
  • Have completed Basic Specialist Training or two year's full-time equivalent experience
  •  have passed the LFOM Written - If you have not already passed the LFOM Written, you must also apply for the LFOM Written

What to include with your application

There is an online application process for this exam. When you apply you will need to upload

  • a scanned attested copy of your primary medical degree
  • a copy of your CV (must be submitted as a single separate document)
  • any other relevant documents

If you have already applied for an MFOM exam, you do not need to resubmit these documents.

Your medical degree can be attested by:

  • An Garda Siochana (Irish police force)
  • The issuing University or Medical School
  • A solicitor/ notary public/ lawyer
  • A Commissioner for oaths
  • An Irish or British Consulate
  • Your Embassy or High Commissioner

Official translations will only be accepted if they have been prepared and/or authenticated by:

  • The issuing University or Medical School
  • An Irish or British Consulate
  • Your Embassy or High Commissioner

Application fee

The fee to sit this exam is €580 in Ireland, or €660 if you are taking the exam outside Ireland. The method of payment is credit or debit card, taken at the end of the online application process.

Don't forget, if you're in Ireland you can claim a refund under the HSE Clinical Course and Examination Refund Scheme.

MFOM Exam Regulations (2019 edition - revised regulations coming soon!)

Please read our exam regulations before you apply

LFOM and MFOM Calendar

See dates for LFOM and MFOM exams, including deadlines for completing an online application

Applying for this exam

This exam is held once a year. 

The MFOM exam is now held online, via remote invigilation. Candidates may sit the exam anywhere in the world, provided they have a reliable internet connection.  Click here for more details: https://www.rcpi.ie/examinations/remote-invigilation/

Applications for the January 2021 exam have now closed. 

Cancellation policy

Before you apply, please read our Cancellation policy

Contact us

We have a dedicated examinations support team in our Dublin headquarters. They are there to guide you through your full exam journey, from application to conferring. They are present at every exam and always happy to answer your questions.

Iain Martel

Team Lead, Examinations

Tel: 01 863 9723