Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM)

Faculty of Occupational Medicine logoOur aim is for healthy working lives through:

  • maximising people’s opportunities to benefit from healthy and rewarding work while not putting themselves or others at unreasonable risk
  • elimination of preventable injury and illness caused or aggravated by work
  • access for everyone to advice from a competent occupational physician as part of comprehensive occupational health and safety services.

Area of occupational health

  • Occupational medicine.

Advice Line/Toolkits available

The Faculty responds to enquiries from its own members and from members of the public on occupational health matters.

The Faculty publishes guidance as set out in ‘Publications’ below and also produces guidance eg:

  • for employers on pandemic flu
  • for employers on engaging an occupational physician
  • for occupational health professionals on the GMC’s revised confidentiality guidance.

Membership criteria

Doctors who:

  • are training to be specialist occupational physicians
  • hold the qualifications: MFOM, AFOM (as associates),DOccMed, DAvMed and DDAM (as affiliates)
  • are specialist occupational physicians who are entered on the Specialist Register of the GMC by virtue of EU or other overseas training and qualifications.

Conferences and study days

We host 2 - 3 conferences per year and study days on subjects such as writing dissertations.

Examples of conference topics include: confidentiality and consent; risk management; health for health practitioners and quality and standards.


Our publication includes:

  • Fitness for Work
  • Guidance on Ethics for Occupational Physicians
  • Guidance on Alcohol and Drugs Misuse in the Workplace
  • Good Occupational Medical Practice
  • Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome: a review of the scientific evidence
  • Occupational Health Guidelines for the Management of Low Back Pain

To access our publications please visit the Faculty of Occupational Medicine website.

Quality Standards & Regulation

  • The Faculty has led a multi-professional initiative to develop standards for occupational health services.  These were launched in January 2010 and there are plans for an associated voluntary accreditation system to be launched in early 2011.

The standards can be found at the the Faculty of Occupational Medicine website.

  • With regard to the regulation of individual doctors, the Faculty liaises closely with the GMC (see below).
  • The Faculty is the standard setting body for occupational physicians. Through its specialist curriculum, it sets out the competencies required of specialists. Doctors must satisfactorily demonstrate these competencies to be admitted as Members and to be recommended for GMC specialist registration.
  • Occupational physicians are expected to comply with Good Occupational Medical Practice.
  • The Faculty is working with the GMC on the development of a  system of revalidation for occupational physicians.
  • Members are encouraged to ensure that the services in which they work meet the voluntary standards for occupational health services.

Promotion of research and service evaluation

Promoting research awareness

  • The Faculty’s adopted journal, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, publishes research findings.
  • The Faculty initiated and supports the Academic Forum for Occupational Medicine and Health, which seeks to promote research in occupational health.
  • The Faculty also disseminates the findings of research to members, where appropriate.

Published evidence-based material

  • Fitness for Work and guidance documents as set out in ‘Publications’ above.
  • The Faculty runs the Health and Work Development Unit (formerly the Occupational Health Clinical Effectiveness Unit) in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians. The unit’s published work includes: national guidelines on upper limb disorder, dermatitis, physical and shift work in pregnancy, infected food handlers, latex allergy, chronic fatigue syndrome. These can be found at Royal College of Physicians website.
  • The Faculty contributes regularly to the work of NICE and also responds to consultations from government and other bodies.
  • The Faculty also encourages service evaluation in response to initiatives such as the Fitness for Work programme.

Contact FOM

Email Nicky Coates: nicky.coates@fom.ac.uk or visit the the Faculty of Occupational Medicine website.

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