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Licentiate of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine – Sexual Offence Medicine (LFFLM – SOM)

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

Do you hold the ASET (Advanced Standards for Education and Training)? If so, please read this news item. 

Following current recommended practice for child examinations, categories (a+c), adult + child, and (c), child, are open to doctors only and (a), adult, to any healthcare professional.

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LFFLM (SOM) Part 1 Examination

The next application period will be from Friday 04 June to Friday 02 July 2021. The exams will be online on Friday 08 October 2021.

For fee and diary information please click here.

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

Candidates do not need to do either written project (Compendium of Validated Evidence (COVE) or Portfolio) before applying for the Part 1 exam. That exam consists of 150 best-of-five questions and candidates have three hours to finish the paper. 

Candidates must submit their COVE before they can apply for the OSCE (the part 2). That exam consists of 11 or 14 OSCE stations.

They must pass both the Part 1 and Part 2 exams and have both the COVE and the Portfolio approved if they want to become eligible to apply to be one of our Licentiates.

LFFLM (SOM) Part 2 Examination

Information about the March 2021 exam session will appear here in due course.

LFFLM Examination Resources: you may find it helpful to see how the chapters of the Portfolio are marked. The mark sheet for each chapter and the criteria used for marking will be available under Publications later today (17 July 2020).
These may help you to see what is expected in your Portfolio and how the marks are awarded. Discussing these with your Educational Supervisor, before you start writing the Portfolio, may also help you to plan the work.

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 read these two documents, first published on our website in May 2020:

Role of the Educational Supervisor;

Role of the Clinical Validator.

Mark sheet and assessment marking criteria for LFFLM Portfolio.

For more publications please visit our Resources page.

In a nutshell:

Once the candidate has achieved the required standard in all four components of the exam, or equivalent, they can apply to become a Licentiate of the FFLM.


The FFLM has developed online learning resources to help professionals further their training in forensic and legal medicine as well as to help prepare candidates for FFLM examinations. Click here to find out more.

Please see more information on the right-hand side of this page, under More Information. It is essential that candidates read the Regulations – both the general and the LFFLM (SOM)-specific ones – 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.