Information for Air Traffic Controllers on how to renew medical certification and report a decrease in medical fitness
Subsequent, or renewal, medical certificates can be obtained from any class 1 certificated Aeromedical Examiner (AME). AMEs will set their own charges.
All medical certificates issued to Air Traffic Control Officers (ATCOs) on or after 1 September 2009 are European Class 3 Medical Certificates.
Any UK Class 1 medical certificates issued to ATCOs prior to 1 September 2009 will be valid until the expiry date on the certificate. Thereafter, these ATCOs shall undertake medical examinations to European Class 3 renewal/revalidation standards.
Requirements for European Class 3 Medical Certification (Eurocontrol)
Anyone who has held a European Class 3 or UK Class 1 medical certificate, which has not expired by more than 5 years
The initial medical examination must be carried out at the UK CAA Aeromedical Centre (AeMC) at Gatwick or NATS Swanwick, Hampshire, (use find an AME for contact details).
The whole examination can take half a day and includes:
Each AME will have their own set of charges, which you should request prior to booking.
Each AME will have their own preferred payment methods. Please enquire at the time of booking your appointment.
If all the required standards are met a medical certificate should be issued on the day by your AME.
Summary of requirements for keeping your European Class 3 (ATCO) certificate valid.
Use our Find an AME database to locate an Aeromedical Examiner in your area.
Under the current regulations ATCOs are required to notify the Authority of any decrease in medical fitness. In the first instance contact your AME who can advise whether you should curtail your duties and whether any further information (medical reports or tests) is required.