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Licentiate of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine – General Forensic Medicine (LFFLM – GFM)


The LFFLM (GFM) examination consists of two parts, 1 and 2.


Please read this news item, published on 06 December 2017.


LFFLM (GFM) Part 1 Examination

The next exam is on Friday 09 October 2020, at the Royal College of Physicians.

For fee and diary information please click here.

The application form and the payment links always appear on the Exams page when the application period is open.


Answers to FAQs about our Licentiate exams (LFFLM GFM or SOM):

Candidates do not need to do either written project (COVE or Portfolio) before applying for the Part 1 exam. That exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions and candidates have three hours to finish the paper. Most candidates submit their COVE first.

Candidates must submit at least one of the written projects (COVE or Portfolio) before they can apply for the OSCE (the part 2). That exam consists of 11 OSCE stations.

They must pass both the Part 1 (multiple choice) and Part 2 (OSCE) exams and have both the COVE and the Portfolio approved if they want to become eligible to apply to be one of our Licentiates (all four components are mandatory).


LFFLM (GFM) Part 2 Examination

The OSCE exam will take place on Saturday 14 March 2020 at St Thomas’s Hospital.


The Licentiate was instituted by the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine on 01 May 2014. Its purpose is to set national quality standards for the professional care that medical and health professionals provide in the field of general forensic medicine.

The Examination for the Licentiate is divided into two parts: Part 1 is a theoretical examination in matters related to branches of medico-legal and clinical practice. Part 2 is a clinical competency assessment.

The Examinations are open to registered medical practitioners and registered health care professionals who have achieved a basic level of experience in the field of general forensic medicine. Both parts must be completed for a person to hold one of the diplomas and use the postnominal. Successful completion of both parts entitles a candidate to apply for Licentiate of the Faculty of Forensic &Legal Medicine and use of the postnominal LFFLM.


COVE and Case Portfolio

Please send your complete COVE and/or your Case Portfolio to forensic.medicine@fflm.ac.uk. COVE applications are free of charge. Portfolio ones attract a fee. Resubmissions are free of charge. Candidates who have ASET will be treated as though they have already submitted and passed the COVE. They only need to send us a copy of their certificate for our records upon applying for the Part 2 exam.

To pay for your Portfolio fee please click here.

If you need an accredited Educational Supervisor please contact us at forensic.medicine@fflm.ac.uk.


Please see further information on the right-hand side of this page, under More Information. It is essential that candidates read the Regulations before applying for the exam.

Kindly note the reading list is to assist in developing knowledge about relevant topics and is not the syllabus for the examination. The syllabus can be found in the Regulations document.