Medical Review Board to deliver sleep apnea recommendations

By Mark Schremmer, Land Line staff writer | 8/10/2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Medical Review Board will soon make its recommendations regarding a potential obstructive sleep apnea testing mandate.

In the Federal Register, it was announced the Medical Review Board will offer its guidance during a meeting Aug. 22-23 in Arlington, Va. The meeting was prompted by an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking by the FMCSA and the Federal Railroad Administration that sought information regarding the evaluation of safety sensitive personnel for moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea.

According to the summary, the board will make recommendations “on the disposition of comments from medical professionals and associations, as well as safety advocacy, labor and industry groups to the Agency’s and the Federal Railroad Administration’s advanced notice of proposed rulemaking.”

The Medical Review Board will also review its previously issued report on obstructive sleep apnea from 2012 to determine whether the report should be updated based on any changes to medical standards and practice or the comments received at the listening sessions and to the docket.

The meetings will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT at the FMCSA National Training Center in Arlington, Va. They will be open to the public, and there will be an opportunity to comment during the proceedings. Oral comments from the public will be heard during the meeting. Members of the public may also submit written comments by Aug. 17. In order to do so, use Docket No. FMCSA-2008-0362 and FMCSA-2015-0419 for the Medical Review Board. Comments may be submitted online, or by fax at 202-493-2251. Mail comments to Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, West Building, Room W12-140; Washington, DC 20590. They can also be hand delivered to the same location between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT on Monday through Friday.

Copies of the task statement and an agenda for the meeting will be made available here in advance of the meeting.

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