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

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

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

LFFLM (SOM) Part 1 Examination

The next exam is on Friday 11 October 2019, 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 (SOM) Part 2 Examination

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

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.

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.


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 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.