General Explanation of Medical Certification Following Illness

How to gain certification following a disqualifying medical condition

General Explanation of Medical Certification following Illness or Injury

Guidance Material (GM) relating to medical individual conditions can be found by following the link on the right.

 

Pilots

Pilots who suffer a decrease in medical fitness should inform their AME in accordance with the paragraph below, which is an extract from the EASA Aircrew Regulation.   In the case of the LAPL either the AME or GP who issued their medical certificate should be informed.  They will then be assessed as ‘unfit’ and will be advised on the procedure for recertification.

MED.A.020 Decrease in medical fitness
(a) Licence holders shall not exercise the privileges of their licence and related ratings or  certificates at any time when they:
   (1) are aware of any decrease in their medical fitness that might render them unable to safely exercise those privileges;
   (2) take or use prescribed or non-prescribed medication that is likely to interfere with the safe exercise of the privileges of the applicable licence; or
   (3) receive any medical, surgical or other treatment that is likely to interfere with flight safety

(b) In addition, licence holders shall, without undue delay, seek aeromedical advice when they:
   (1) have undergone a surgical operation or invasive procedure;
   (2) have commenced the regular use of any medication;
   (3) have suffered any significant personal injury involving incapacity to function as a member of the flight crew;
   (4) have been suffering from any significant illness involving incapacity to function as a member of the flight crew
   (5) are pregnant;
   (6) have been admitted to hospital or medical clinic;
or
   (7) first require correcting lenses.
 

ATCOs

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). .  

The European Class 3 medical requirements for Air Traffic Controllers can be found on the Eurocontrol website.  
  
The UK CAA Medical Department recognises that additional guidance material is sometimes required and it can be difficult for applicants and their doctors to interpret the requirements in a particular condition.  This site contains explanatory notes for a set of common medical conditions which might affect pilots and air traffic controllers and protocols or algorithms with guidance on the type of tests and reports that may be required in particular circumstances.