Cabin Crew Medical Requirements - Information for Operators

Information on the requirements for cabin crew medical examinations and assessments from 8 April 2014

All operating crew must either:

  • Hold a valid cabin crew Medical Report in accordance with Subpart C of Part-MED (Annex IV of EU Regulation No. 1198/2011); or
  • Have been assessed as fit following a medical assessment under Regulation (EEC) No. 3922/91 Annex III (EU-OPS) OPS 1.995 within the previous five years (see Transitional Arrangements).

Cabin crew medical examinations and assessments may be carried out by an Authorised Medical Examiner (AME) or an approved Occupational Health Medical Practitioner (OHMP). A list of UK AMEs and OHMPs can be found at Find an AME.

Medical Examinations and Assessment


All new cabin crew require an initial medical examination. Periodic medical assessments are required for all cabin crew at intervals of no more than 60 months.

Cabin crew periodic medical assessments may be carried out no more than 45 days prior to the expiry date of the previous Medical Report and shall be valid for 60 months from that expiry date.

If the Medical Report has expired, the AME or OHMP need only carry out a periodic medical assessment.

More frequent medical examinations or assessments may be required in certain circumstances, such as the crew member having a medical condition requiring regular surveillance.

Additional medical examinations or assessments may be necessary if:

  • A cabin crew member returns to work following a prolonged period of illness; or
  • There is any doubt about the continued fitness of a cabin crew member.

Details of Medical Requirements


The UK requirements for cabin crew medical examinations and assessments are detailed in the Implementing Rules (IRs) and Guidance Material (GM)

Medical Report


Following a medical examination or assessment, the crew member will be issued with a Medical Report, which must be signed by the AME or OHMP. The crew member must sign the Report and provide a copy to their employer.

A Medical Report issued by a UK AME or OHMP is valid in any EASA State. Similarly, a Medical Report issued by an AME or OHMP of any other EASA State is valid in the UK. 

Transitional Arrangements


Cabin crew who have been assessed as fit under the requirements of EU-OPS 1.995 do not require further medical assessment until the expiry date of this assessment. They will then require a periodic medical assessment in accordance with the Part-MED requirements.

All cabin crew will be required to hold a valid cabin crew Medical Report from 8 April 2019. 

Decrease in Medical Fitness


Cabin crew who hold a Medical Report and experience a decrease in medical fitness are required to seek further advice. Details of the requirements can be found at Decrease in Medical Fitness.

Crew who are operating under an assessment as fit for cabin crew duties under the EU-OPS requirements should seek guidance from their manager on the procedure to be followed if they experience a decrease in medical fitness. In most instances this will require them to seek advice from the operator's occupational health service or adviser. 

Contact information


Enquiries to the CAA should be e-mailed to FOD.Admin@caa.co.uk.