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Fitness-For-Duty Evaluation (FFDE)

What is a Fitness for Duty Evaluation (FFDE)?

A psychological FFDE is a formal, specialized examination of an incumbent employee that results from (1) objective evidence that the employee may be unable to safely or effectively perform a defined job and (2) a reasonable basis for believing that the cause may be attributable to a psychological condition or impairment. The central purpose of an FFDE is to determine whether the employee is able to safely and effectively perform his or her essential job functions.


This definition comes directly from the Psychological Fitness for Duty Evaluation Guidelines, which were created by the Police Psychological Services Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. 

Referral Information 

You should refer an employee for a FFDE under the following circumstances, which comes directly from the IACP Guidelines referenced above:

Referring an employee for an FFDE is indicated whenever there is an objective and reasonable basis for believing that the employee may be unable to safely and/or effectively perform his or her duties due to a psychological condition or impairment. An objective basis is one that is not merely speculative but derives from direct observation, credible third-party report, or other reliable evidence.

If you would like to consult about a potential FFDE, please call Dr. Faul at (651) 461-2980.

What does a FFDE Consist of?

An FFDE typically consists of objective personality testing, records review, and an in-depth interview with the employee. Based on the totality of information, clear recommendations  that address the employer’s questions related to the employee’s safety, effectiveness, and likelihood of return to work are provided.