This Online Theory Assessment (OTA) is only for those intending to study the Letter of Competence Subdermal Implant Techniques Insertion and Removal (LoC SDI-IR) or the Letter of Competence in Intrauterine Techniques (LoC IUT). If you are studying for the DFSRH, you will be able to access the OTA within the DFSRH course once your application is approved.
The OTA tests your breadth of theoretical knowledge which underpins your practical skills. It is open to Healthcare Professionals from the UK and the Republic of Ireland that wish to undertake the LoC SDI-IR and the LoC IUT. The OTA is not a standalone qualification.
Please read the OTA (LoC) guide which introduces the new OTA as an entry assessment for LoC SDI-IR and the LoC IUT.
Candidates from Republic of Ireland doing FSRH qualifications in the UK
Healthcare professionals from the UK or the Republic of Ireland who wish to undertake any FSRH training that does not involve direct contact/treatment of patients in a UK health facility, will be required to be registered/ licenced and in good standing with the relevant UK or Irish regulatory body. For example, doctors wishing to undertake the DFSRH with remote assessments will need to be registered with the General Medical Council or the Irish Medical Council. Please ensure this is considered when joining a training programme.
Healthcare professionals from the UK or the Republic of Ireland who wish to undertake any FSRH training that involves direct contact/treatment of patients in a UK health facility, will be required to be registered/licenced and in good standing with the relevant UK regulatory body. For example, doctors from the UK or the Republic of Ireland wishing to undertake the FSRH Letters of Competence will need to be registered with the General Medical Council. Please ensure this is considered when joining a training programme.
The FSRH currently recognises the following regulatory bodies:
- The General Medical Council (UK)
- Irish Medical Council
- The Nursing & Midwifery Council (UK)
- Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland
- General Pharmaceutical Council (UK)
- The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland
- Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (UK)
- Health and Care Professions Council (UK)
If you have previously completed the eKA/OTA then the OTA will be marked as completed.
Do I need to take the OTA if I have passed the eKA previously?
- If you have previously passed the eKA as part of another qualification which has been awarded within five years of starting the new qualification, you will not be required to take the OTA. However, you will also need to ensure that your membership is current if you are a Diplomate or Associate member for the five-year rule to apply.
- If you have previously passed the eKA (without achieving another FSRH qualification) within two years of starting the new qualification, you will not be required to take the OTA. If you have any question regarding this, please read through our FAQs or Contact us for help.
The price for the OTA is £80* per attempt. If you are unsuccessful after the first attempt, you will be charged £80 for each further attempt.
*Please note this has recently been updated for 2023.
How to enrol
You are now able to enrol on the OTA (LoC).
To do this, register (if you don’t have an FSRH website account) and then log into ‘My FSRH’ and scroll down to the ‘FSRH Training Hub’ section and click ‘Browse Courses’. This will take you through the Training Hub.
Select ‘Online Theory Assessment OTA (for LoCs only)’.