Medical

The provisions regarding the medical certification of Aircrew and Air traffic controllers (ATCOs)  are part of several European Regulations (published in the Official Journal of the European Union) and associated Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) (published on the Agency website).

European Regulations (published in the Official Journal of the European Union)
The European Regulations mentioned above are:

  • Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 20 February 2008, on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Aviation Safety Agency. It sets the regulatory framework in the field of aviation by putting in place the essential requirements and flexibility measures. It is also known as the Basic Regulation. 
     
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 of 3 November 2011 laying down technical requirements and administrative procedures related to civil aviation aircrew pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council – also known as Aircrew Regulation. It sets the Implementing Rules for the essential requirements as established by the Basic Regulation in regard to the licensing and medical certification of aircrew. The relevant requirements regarding the medical certification of aircrew may be found in the:
    • Cover regulation,
    • Annex IV - Part-MED which sets the specific requirements for the medical certification of aircrew
    • Annex VI Part-ARA, namely in the Subpart General(ARA.GEN) as well as Subparts AeMC(ARA.AeMC) and  MED (ARA.MED), which describe the authorities’ requirements related to implementation of Aircrew Regulation including Part-MED,
    • Annex VII Part-ORA, namely in the Subpart General as well as Subpart AeMC which describe the organisational requirements related to implementation of Aircrew Regulation including Part-MED
  • ​Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/340 of 20 February 2015 laying down technical requirements and administrative procedures relating to air traffic controllers' licences and certificates pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council – also known as ATCO Regulation. It sets the implementing rules for the essential requirements as established by the Basic Regulation in regard to the licensing and medical certification of ATCOs. The relevant requirements regarding the medical certification of ATCOs may be found in the:Cover regulation,
    • Annex II – ATCO.AR, namely subpart F that sets the specific requirements relating to aero-medical certification and makes also reference to Part-ARA (ARA.GEN, ARA.AeMC and ARA.MED)
    • Annex III – ATCO.OR, namely subpart E which sets the specific requirements for Aero-Medical Centres (AeMCs) by reference to ORA.GEN and ORA.AeMC
      • Annex IV – Part -ATCO.MED which sets the specific requirements for the medical certification of ATCOs

    Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) (published on the Agency website)
    In order to support the implementation of the above mentioned Regulations EASA has developed and published Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) for all the implementing rules described in the Annexes to the Aircrew Regulation and ATCO Regulation. The medically relevant AMC/GM  have been adopted by the Agency as Executive Director’s Decisions and published on the Agency’s webpage as follows:

    • ED Decision 2011/015/R – AMC  and GM to Part-MED
    • ED Decision 2012/006/R – AMC and GM to Part-ARA
    • ED Decision 2012/007/R – AMC and GM to Part-ORA
    • ED Decision 2015/010/R – AMC and GM to Part-ATCO.MED
    • ED Decision 2015/010/R – AMC and GM to Part-ATCO.AR

    The Aircrew Regulation has entered into force on 8 of April 2012 with an opt-out possibility of maximum 1 year, thus starting from 8 of April 2013 all EASA Member States implemented the provisions of the above mentioned regulation.

    The ATCO Regulation has become applicable on 30th of June 2015 with an opt-out possibility until 31st of December 2016, thus starting from 1st of January 2017 all EASA Member States implemented the provisions of the above mentioned regulation.

    Please consult the FAQs. In addition:

    • Medical certificate/report holders: For questions related to your medical certificate or CC medical report, please contact the NAA that issued it.
    • Aero-medical centres (AeMC):
      • located in the EU - please consult your NAA.
      • located in a third country - further information is available here.
      • have the obligation to send the documents resulting from the aero-medical examination and assessment to the medical assessor of the licensing authority of the applicant. The contact details of the medical assessors of the NAAs can be found here.
    • Aero-medical examiners(AME):
      • located in the EU - please consult your NAA.
      • have the obligation to send the documents resulting from the aero-medical examination and assessment to the medical assessor of the licensing authority of the applicant. The contact details of the medical assessors of the NAAs can be found here.
    • National Aviation Authorities
       
      • The Agency provides training on the Aircrew and ATCO regulations (and on other regulations).
      • NAAs are required to notify the Agency of alternative means of compliance approved within their State. Information on how can alternative means of compliance to the AMC published by the Agency be used by NAAs is available here.
      • Member States have the flexibility to derogate from the Implementing Rules of the Basic Regulation (as set out in Article 14 of the Basic Regulation - Regulation (EC) No 216/2008). Further information is available here.

    Transfer of medical file
    Licence holders may request the transfer of their licence to another Member State in accordance with FCL.015(d). The transfer of licence also involves a transfer of medical file. For this purpose you should submit a request to your licensing authority.

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