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Exemptions from exams

Candidates who have been successful in the Irish Faculty Part I Examination may apply for an exemption from the DFPH examination for the purposes of gaining membership of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH).

Certain individuals may also qualify for FPH Fellowship without needing to complete either examination. Please see the information on Fellowship by Exemption for further details.

Exemption from The Faculty of Public Health Diplomate Examination (DFPH)

Candidates who have passed Part I of the Examination for Membership of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians, Ireland since 8 September 1983, may claim exemption from DFPH of the MFPH examination for the purposes of gaining membership of FPH.

Historically, the DFPH exemption, gained by passing the Irish Part I, could also count towards Certificates of Completion of Training (CCT). However, following the publication in May 2015 of the General Medical Council (GMC) statement on approved curricula and the role of UK and overseas exams, FPH will be transitioning to a position where a pass in the Irish I can only be used to gain membership of FPH and will not count towards CCT.

As part of the GMC’s transitional guidelines, FPH is able to provide DFPH exemptions that count towards CCT where the following two criteria are met:

  • The MFPHMI Part I examination pass has been achieved before 1 June 2015


  • The doctor enters the UK training programme before 31 December 2016.

This exemption is not automatic, but must be applied for using the application for exemption from the Diplomate Examination (DFPH) form and enclosing documentary evidence and the current fee. A copy of the original letter of notification from the Irish Faculty will be acceptable evidence.

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