The FMCSA’s Registry of Certified Medical Examiners is close to publication, after it was cleared by the White House of Management and Budget; the last hurdle before being published in the Federal Register.
The regulation will mandate training, testing and certification standards for medical examiners and create a registry of examiners who meet those standards. It will also require examiners to electronically transmit information about the driver to the agency. The regulation will also establish a process for disqualifying examiners who do not meet those standards.
According to the FMCSA, “Certification and recertification tests would measure the medical examiner’s knowledge and assessment skills required to determine if a driver can safely handle the mental and physical demands of driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration medical standards. The names of medical examiners who have successfully met the knowledge and skills requirements for certification or recertification would be placed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME), which would provide a convenient vehicle to make certified medical examiners available to motor carriers and CMV drivers. Medical examiners would be required to maintain competency through training and recertification. Additional information and updates for medical examiners will be posted here as they become available.”
As more information regarding health exam requirements comes available, CDL Life will keep you updated. We will also be brining you some information you need to know on what health practitioners will be looking for during your exam.