FPH Online Examinations - FAQS

Please find a list of FAQs below that should answer the majority of queries. We will be updating these regularly and providing more information on how the exam will run as soon as we can.


Please see the following links for exam-specific FAQs


Diplomate Examination

Final Membership Examination

Overseas Candidates

If you do have other concerns and questions please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing educ@fph.org.uk

FPH is committed to supporting all Registrars through the training pathway. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we took the decision to migrate all exams to an online environment, so candidates would not be required to travel to a particular venue and could abide by any social distancing requirements.

Following a full evaluation in July 2021, the Faculty decided that the Diplomate Exam will stay online permanently, subject to regulatory approval.

The Final Membership Exam will remain online until April 2022, after which we will return to an in-person format, as long as it is safe to do so. The first in-person sitting is scheduled to take place in September 2022, but this may be subject to change depending upon on the latest Government guidance and any COVID-related restrictions.

No. The exam will remain in the current format and questions will be taken from a closed question bank. Remote invigilation (online proctoring) will be in place where appropriate and existing regulations that state that candidates are not permitted to note down or share questions before, during or after the exam will still apply.

Candidates taking an online/remote exam will be asked to scan the room in which they are taking the exam with their webcam to confirm there are no materials or devices in the room. They may also be asked to demonstrate that they have no hidden devices on their person, for example by rolling up sleeves to show any watches. The whole desk area surrounding the PC/laptop must be clear of materials (in all directions).

In the event of a disruption such as a second person entering the room the candidate should quickly ask them to leave. Failure do so may be grounds for a misconduct issue.

All phones and communication devices, other than the computer being used for the exam, should be removed from the room. If there is any indication that a device has remained in the room e.g. a phone ringing, this may be grounds for a misconduct issue. Candidates should not record their exam attempts for any purposes for both DFPH & MFPH exams. This will be deemed misconduct and any candidate suspected of this during a sitting will be expelled from the examination.

Candidates can sit the exam at a place of their choosing (for example, a home or work environment) anywhere in the UK or overseas. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that their location is quiet, undisturbed and appropriate for taking a professional examination.

As above, the exam can be taken in a setting of the candidate’s choice. If a candidate expects that their home environment will not be suitable due to distractions or technical requirements we would recommend sitting the exam at a computer in a work setting if this is available. As noted, this should be in an undisturbed environment without other people in the same room.

Candidates are responsible for ensuring they have an appropriate device on which to take to the examination remotely. This will be an appropriately enabled laptop or PC with a keyboard. Mobile devices such as smart phones, iPads (or other tablets) or any device with a touchscreen keyboard are not acceptable devices and candidates are not permitted to take any FPH examination on such a device.

Yes - proof of identity is required before a candidate will be allowed in to the exam. Candidates are required to show one of the documents listed below as proof of identity at the examination. The document must be original, current and bear a photograph:

• Passport
• UK Immigration and Nationality Department identification document
• Home Office travel document
• UK driving licence
• EU identity card
• National identity card (or Hong Kong Identity Card for Hong Kong candidates)

If the name on the identification document is different from that on the confirmation from FPH offering a place in the examination, original evidence must be provided in good time, that the candidate is the person named in that letter. FPH will accept:

  • Marriage or Civil Partnership certificate;
  • A declaration from the awarding body which granted the primary medical qualification, stating that both names relate to the candidate; or
  • Confirmation of name change by enrolled deed poll.

If candidates cannot provide one of the documents listed above, or if the document does not bear a photograph, they will not be allowed to take the examination. The examination fee will not be refundable under these circumstances.

If you are unable to provide the appropriate ID for your exam please contact the appropriate exams coordinator.

Further details about how and when to provide identification will be confirmed in the candidate pack.

All candidates must be logged in, have their ID ready to present and be ready to commence the assessment at least 30 minutes before the start of the examination. Clear instructions will be issued to candidates in advance of the exam date. 

The online exam platform FPH is using for the Diplomate exam has been built to allow remotely invigilated tests to be run at lower bandwidths with fluctuating internet speeds. On most occasions, internet issues are to do with fluctuations and it is very rare that the internet connection drops completely.

For any remote/online examination taking place in a candidate’s chosen location, it will be the candidate’s explicit responsibility to ensure they have the appropriate IT facilities and data connectivity in accordance with the specifications for the relevant examination.

Candidates must test their IT systems by checking the websites of the exam providers in good time prior to an examination.

More detailed information will be provided in advance of the sitting once your place has been confirmed.

Invigilators may stop any candidate suspected of misconduct and issue a warning during the examination, and if necessary expel the candidate from the examination.

Failing to follow instructions of examiners and invigilators may be grounds for a misconduct issue.
Examples of serious offences include:

  • Unexpected external events such as a phone ringing or a second person entering the room;
  • Possession of or consulting any prohibited items in the examination environment, such as textbooks and websites;
  • Helping or receiving help from another candidate; and
  • Writing down or attempting to capture any details of the exam questions.

Candidates committing these offences or any other activity that may be deemed to constitute professional or academic misconduct will be reported to examination officers and the FPH. If found to have engaged in misconduct, candidates may have their examination result declared invalid and their name reported to their professional regulatory authority, and (if on a UK training scheme) to their training scheme as well.

All remote examination attempts will be recorded for later review should there be any concerns about a candidate’s conduct.

These recordings will be retained and deleted 60 days after the date of the exam sitting in accordance, with GDPR.

To ensure the security of exam questions, candidates will not be able to request a copy of the recording following the exam.

Reasonable adjustments will continue to be made for online examinations. The reasonable adjustment guidelines are here.

If your request for a reasonable adjustment has changed since submitting your application form please contact the relevant Exams Co-ordinator.

We hope that the FAQs above answer the majority of queries. If you do have other concerns and questions please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing educ@fph.org.uk