• Revalidation and renewal medical examinations can be carried out at by any '1' rated Aeromedical Examiner (AME).   Use find an AME for contact details. 

    All medical certificates issued to Air Traffic Control Officers (ATCOs) on or after 1 September 2009 are European Class 3 Medical Certificates. 

    Who can apply?

    Anyone who has held a European Class 3 or UK Class 1 medical certificate, which has not expired by more than 5 years.

    What can I expect?

    The whole examination can take half a day and includes:

    • a full physical medical examination by a doctor
    • eyesight tests
    • a resting electrocardiogram (ECG) if due
    • spirometry to assess your lung function
    • an  audiogram, if due
    • urine testing
    • blood tests, to check haemoglobin, if due 

    How long will it take for my application to be processed?

    If all the required standards are met a medical certificate should be issued on the day by your AME.


  • Requirements for keeping your European Class 3 (ATCO) certificate valid.

     Validity of medical certificate

    Under 40

    40 plus

    24 months 

    12 months

     Electrocardiogram

    At initial then

    Under 30

    30-39

    40 plus

     

    48 months 

    24 months

    12 months

     Audiogram

    At initial then

    Under 40

    40 plus

     

    48 months

    24 months 

    Comprehensive Ophthalmological examination

    At initial then

    Within +5/ -6D

    More than -6D 

     

    5 yearly

    2 yearly

    Tonometry Over 40  24 months 
    Haemoglobin blood test 

    At initial then

    Under 40

    40 plus 

     

    48 months

    24 months

    Pulmonary function tests 

    At initial (FEV/FVC),

    then if clinically indicated 

     
    Urinalysis At every examination   

     

  • Decrease in Medical Fitness

    If a certificate holder becomes aware of a decrease in their medical fitness due to injury or illness, which may render them unable to exercise the privileges of their licence, or becomes aware that they are pregnant, they must inform their Aeromedical Examiner (AME). 

    Contact information

    Use our  Find an AME database to locate an Aeromedical Examiner in your area.