FMCSA implements training and recertification rules for medical examiners


On January 11, 2023, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the implementation of its training and testing regime for medical examiners who are listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. FMCSA included this training and testing framework in its rule establishing the medical examiner list in 2012, but the agency delayed implanting those requirements due to technical limitations. In 2022, FMCSA started the 5-year training program, and now the full training and recertification program is in place.

The rules require certified examiners to complete refresher training between 4 and 5 years after the date of issuance of their certification credentials. For those examiners whose 5-year deadline ran on or before December 31, 2022, FMCSA set the deadline for completion at December 31, 2022. Examiners must also complete training and recertification between 9 and 10 years after being certified. For those examiners whose 10-year deadline falls anytime in 2023, FMCSA has set their deadline at December 31, 2023.

The training and recertification programs will be administered in the same manner as the initial training (thru private training organizations) and certification (Prometric and PSI). Examiners must complete their 10-year training to be eligible for their 10-year recertification.

Additional information can be found on FMCSA’s medical examiner website.

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