The Convergence of the ASET and the LFFLM

The FFLM Board approved the decisions below at their meeting on Wednesday 15 November 2017:

1. General Forensic Medicine (GFM) candidates who hold the ASET in Custody, should they apply to sit for the LFFLM GFM exam, will:

a) Be exempted from having to provide a Compendium of Validated Evidence (COVE);

b) Be required to provide a Case Portfolio of the five (5) mandatory cases, only, and will not have to pay any fee for its assessment;

c) Be required to sit the single best answer (SBA) paper as an LFFLM GFM Part 1 candidate and pay the relevant fee to do so;

d) Be required to sit the observed (objective) structured clinical examination (OSCE) as an LFFLM GFM Part 2 candidate and pay the relevant fee to do so.

On successful completion of the examinations and the Portfolio, they would hold the qualification of LFFLM GFM.

2. Sexual Offences Medicine (SOM) Candidates who hold the ASET in Sexual Assault, should they apply to sit for the LFFLM SOM(a) exam, that is for the care of adults, will:

a) Be exempted from having to provide a Compendium of Validated Evidence (COVE);

b) Be required to provide a Case Portfolio of five (5) mandatory cases, only and will not have to pay any fee for its assessment;

c) Be required to sit the single best answer (SBA) paper as an LFFLM SOM Part 1 candidate and pay the relevant fee to do so;

d) Be required to sit the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) as an LFFLM SOM(a) Part 2 candidate and pay the relevant fee to do so.

On successful completion of the examination, they would hold the qualification of LFFLM SOM(a).

The Board has also confirmed that they agree that the UKAFN ASET can be badged by the FFLM.

The FFLM current information and regulations for the LFFLM exams, GFM and SOM, can be found here and here, respectively. The Regulations will be amended in due course to reflect these decisions.

As with any examination, the LFFLM examinations will be subject to review and change and this may mean changes in both the syllabus and the examination format, in the same way that the requirements of the ASET may change. This will add to the already close working relationship between UKAFN and the FFLM.

For more information on ASET please click here or email M.A.Bannerman@staffs.ac.uk .

Should you have any queries about any of the FFLM exams please email their Examinations Manager, Mr Jay C Barton-Costa, at jay.barton-costa@fflm.ac.uk.