Exemption and return to practice

Automatic exemption

FPH members are automatically exempted from participating in CPD if they are in a recognised UK public health training scheme or in an overseas training scheme that has been approved by an appropriate authority for the purpose.

From 1st April 2022, the following categories of FPH members will be automatically exempted from participating in CPD. However, if these members hold a UK licence to practice, they are encouraged to participate in the FPH CPD scheme, unless another CPD scheme is more appropriate to their individual circumstances:

  • Honorary Members and Fellows
  • Members and Fellows through distinction 
  • International Practitioners 

If you are in the above FPH member category and are automatically exempt from the FPH CPD scheme, and are interested in participating in the FPH CPD scheme, we will encourage you to do so. Please get in touch at cpd@fph.org.uk and we will give you more details. 

Exemption on application

FPH members may be eligible for exemption from participating in FPH’s CPD scheme on application to FPH if:

  • They confirm to the FPH that they do not undertake ANY public health practice

  • Their circumstances are exceptional, such as, Prolonged absence from work (e.g. leave due to sickness, maternity, paternity, adoption or sabbatical) for not less than 9 months in any one CPD year.  Or any other very exceptional circumstances (e.g. these may include those few FPH members who are not retired but are not currently in any active public health practice) must be discussed with the Regional CPD Adviser or CPD Adviser and referred to the CPD Director for a decision at his/her personal discretion.

  • Their career path and revalidation requirements are better represented through another CPD scheme which has been recognised by FPH as equivalent. They must provide documentary evidence that they are participating in such a scheme: either a copy of a letter from accrediting body or a copy of current CPD certification

  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Medical Association
  • Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
  • British Psychological Society
  • CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Program
  • Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
  • European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training
  • Faculty of Dental Surgery
  • Faculty of Occupational Medicine
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine
  • General Dental Council
  • General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Hong Kong Academy of Medicine
  • Hong Kong College of Community Medicine
  • Hong Kong College of Family Physicians
  • Hong Kong College of Physicians
  • Hong Kong Medical Association
  • Irish Faculty of Public Health Medicine
  • Medical Council of Hong Kong
  • New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine
  • Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland
  • Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Royal College of Pathologists
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  • Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
  • Royal College of Physicians of London
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Royal College of Radiologists
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland
  • Royal Statistical Society
  • Saudi Commission for Health Specialties
  • Singapore Medical Council
  • Swiss Society for Public Health

How to apply for exemption

Members applying for exemption should complete the exemption request form at the bottom of this page

Return to practice

Public Health professionals who wish to return to practice following a break of nine months or more should refer to the FPH Return to practice policy. This policy includes the requirements for assessment, refresher training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CPD is a requirement for all public health professionals and a compulsory element of revalidation.

The main objective of this policy is to ensure a personal development plan is in place for the returnee, taking into account the length of time away from work, previous levels of experience and essential skills and competencies for their specific area of practice. This will ensure the returnee can be reinstated into the FPH’s CPD scheme.

Examples of reasons for prolonged absence from the workplace include, but are not limited to:

  • Maternity/paternity/adoption leave
  • Health – physical and mental
  • Sabbatical leave/approved career break
  • Carers leave
  • Charitable work overseas
  • Suspension by employer or GMC

Exemption request form

Please enter your FPH membership number