Welcome to the FFLM

What is the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine?

The FFLM is a charity set up to develop and maintain the highest possible standards of competence and professional integrity in forensic and legal medicine. Microscope

The FFLM covers professionals working in three related disciplines: forensic medical practitioners (forensic physicians, forensic pathologists, sexual assault examiners, and child physical and sexual assault examiners, forensic nurses and paramedics); medico-legal advisers; and medically qualified coroners.

We offer information for the following:

  • Members of the public wanting to know more about forensic and legal medicine
  • Anyone interested in attending conferences and educational events
  • Doctors seeking training and qualifications in forensic and legal medicine
  • Medical students considering a career in forensic and legal medicine
  • Faculty members


Forthcoming Events

Child Safeguarding

24th October 2015

Royal College of Physicians, Regents Park, London.

The FFLM is pleased to announce that its Annual Child Safeguarding Day will take place on Saturday 24th October 2015 at the Royal College of Physicians, Regent's Park, London. This year, the programme will focus predominantly on the highly topical subjects of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), and will approach these subjects both from a clinical and legal perspective. The provisional programme is available here and we look forward to seeing you at the RCP on the 24th October.
This is a level 3 course.

The programme is available here.

The booking form is available here.

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Date submitted : 2015-09-11

Restraint and Excited Delirium - myths and reality

7th November 2015

Royal Society of Medicine

Organised by the Clinical Forensic & Legal Medicine Section of the RSM. For programme and application form click here

Date submitted : 2015-07-30

Delivering on the promise of the right to rehabilitation

14th March 2016 - 16th March 2016

Mexico City

The IRCT's 10th scientific symposium entitled, "Delivering on the promise of the right to rehabilitation" will take place in Mexico in March 2016.

The Symposium will discuss questions such as, what are the challenges in the implementation of the right to rehabilitation for survivors of torture, what are the developments and trends in research and evidence of what rehabilitation approaches work and how can we learn from each other and especially how can we learn from survivors? It will take place from 14 to 16 March 2016 in Mexico City as part of the movement’s General Assembly.

The Symposium is supported by a prominent, global Scientific Committee made up of experts from the torture prevention and rehabilitation sectors but also from public and mental health disciplines. The Call for Abstracts for the Symposium is now open and will close on 1 October 2015.

For further information please click here

Date submitted : 2015-07-30

Latest News

Webinars for Forensic Practitioners

7th September 2015

Date submitted : 2015-07-23 | Filed under : Forensic Practitioners

The FFLM is pleased to announce the start of a series of webinars on common topics in General Forensic Medicine. A series of 10 webinars will be given by leading experts in the field and commence on a weekly basis beginning on Thursday 6 August. These webinars are designed for doctors, nurses and paramedics working in the police custody environment and will make ideal preparation for the LFFLM, MFFLM or just help meet your CPD requirements in forensic medicine.


Press release: Independent review of police custody deaths in England and Wales

24th July 2015

Date submitted : 2015-07-24 | Filed under : Medico-Legal Advisers

The Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine (FFLM) welcomes the announcement of an Independent Review of Police Custody Deaths in England and Wales announced by the Home Secretary, Theresa May. The FFLM is the Home Office approved institution that sets the standards of healthcare professionals involved in the care of the many vulnerable individuals detained in police custody. In particular, the FFLM believes that it is essential that the review must closely examine the current variable nature of healthcare professionals working in this field and the need for appropriate qualifications and training for such healthcare professionals which have been defined by the FFLM, in partnership with the United Kingdom Association of Forensic Nurses and the College of Paramedics.

The review is very timely and should examine these matters in the light of the imminent transfer of responsibility of custodial care from the Home Office to the National Health Service. The FFLM is concerned that an already degraded healthcare system may worsen, rather than improve unless a realistic assessment of the needs of this vulnerable patient group are properly addressed and funded.

The FFLM considers that the proposed review is an ideal opportunity to raise the support for a system of healthcare in police custody which will reduce the risks of serious untoward events and avoidable deaths.

The FFLM welcomes the opportunity to assist the review. Ends.

Annual Conference Photographs Released

15th June 2015

Date submitted : 2015-06-15

The FFLM Annual Conference was held in Bournemouth on May 1-2, 2015. Images of speakers and delegates can be seen here. All images are provided by kind permission of Eric Jenkins of the British Institute of Professional Photography (

The FFLM draws members' attention to the series of webinars supporting the launch of the 2nd Edition of 'Physical Signs of Child Sexual Abuse'

13th May 2015

Date submitted : 2015-05-13

The FFLM draws members' attention to the series of webinars to support the imminent launch of the 2nd Edition of 'Physical Signs of Child Sexual Abuse'.


Forensics: The Anatomy Of Crime - The Wellcome Collection, London - until 21st June 2015

13th May 2015

Date submitted : 2015-05-13

The exhibition - 'Forensics: the anatomy of crime’ - at the Wellcome Collection explores the history, science and art of forensic medicine.


Annual Conference 2015 and Inauguration of New Officers

7th May 2015

Date submitted : 2015-05-07

The Annual Conference of the FFLM was held in Bournemouth on 1st and 2nd May 2015 on a theme of vulnerability.


FFLM Healthcare of Detainees Press Release

1st May 2015

Date submitted : 2015-05-01

The Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine notes the concerns raised within the BBC news report (

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FFLM Election Results!

31st March 2015

Date submitted : 2015-03-31

Legal Aid Anomaly

26th March 2015

Date submitted : 2015-03-26

FFLM has co-signed a letter to the Times regarding Legal Aid.

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The Faculty has been founded to achieve the following objectives:

To promote for the public benefit the advancement of education and knowledge in the field of forensic and legal medicine.

To develop and maintain for the public benefit the good practice of forensic and legal medicine by ensuring the highest professional standards of competence and ethical integrity.

Registered Charity No. 1119599

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