FMCSA's medical registry closer to hitting goal for examiners

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 6/30/2014

One month after its launch date, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners has reached 30,000 ready-to-go medical professionals after adding 8,000 more since May 21, according to a FMCSA press release.

FMCSA also announced that another 22,500 medical professionals have started the certification process. Based on FMCSA’s projections, 40,000 medical professionals will be needed to sufficiently meet the demands of truckers once the program is in full swing. Current medical certificates held by commercial driver’s license holders will continue to be valid until the expiration date that is shown on the card. Only then will the driver need to seek a certified medical examiner to perform their new examination.

Certified examiners can be located by city, state or ZIP code on FMCSA’s website.

Both OOIDA and American Trucking Associations still have serious concerns about whether those estimations represent a sufficient number of examiners to meet demand. On April 8, OOIDA filed a petition to have NRCME delayed. On May 8, ATA sent a letter of request to Administrator Ferro also requesting a delay in the program.

The new program was required by federal law. According to the FMCSA, it addresses four National Transportation Safety Board recommendations, sets baseline training and testing standards for medical professionals who perform commercial driver physicals and for tracking of driver medical certificates. 

Medical examiners on the National Registry will be required to maintain and demonstrate competence through periodic training and recertification testing. Those that don’t will be removed from the registry.

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