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UK – EU Transition, and UK Civil Aviation Regulations

To access current UK civil aviation regulations, including AMC and GM, CAA regulatory documents, please use this link to UK Regulation. Please note, if you use information and guidance under the Headings below, the references to EU regulations or EU websites in our guidance will not be an accurate information or description of your obligations under UK law. These pages are undergoing reviews and updates.

After the end of the EU Exit transition period on 31/12/2020, EU licence holders who have previously held UK-issued licences and State of Licence Issue (SOLI)-transferred out, may wish to apply for a UK PART Flight Crew Licence (FCL) or Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCO) Licence and applicable Medical Certificate to have in addition to their existing EU documents.

This guidance should be read in conjunction with the guidance produced relating to licences and pilot medical certification during EU-Exit transition and recognition periods.

A valid UK medical certificate is required to issue the UK licence and can be obtained in 2 ways. For some applicants, the medical certificate may be obtained at an Aero Medical Examiner (AME) renewal examination subject to the conditions below. Otherwise the form SRG1217 process needs to be followed to ‘convert’ an existing valid EU medical certificate to a UK one.

The flowchart for a UK medical certificate for EU Licence Holders who have previously transferred out is designed to assist applicants further. 

AME renewal of the last UK-issued medical that has expired for less than 2 years

Applicants who have previously State of Licence Issue (SOLI) transferred-out from the UK to another European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) state and whose last UK-issued EU medical certificate has expired, but not for more than 2 years can apply to a UK-certificated Aero Medical Examiner (AME) for a 'lapsed' renewal medical examination of the appropriate class. (Note that medical reports of any conditions that have occurred or been monitored since the last UK medical examination will be required for the AME fitness assessment. Referral to The Civil Aviation (CAA) may be required).

For example, if an applicant had their last UK AME-issued EU medical examination and certificate issue on 1 June 2018 with a 12 month validity, they could have a 'lapsed' renewal medical examination with a UK AME (*1) up until 1 June 2021. When the medical is then issued by the AME, the fitness status is available to the CAA licensing department to be able to follow their process to issue any licence conversion that has been applied for (but not before).

Applicants should therefore consider this option for obtaining a UK medical certificate when deciding the timing of beginning their licence conversion application.


Note *1: There are already some UK-approved AMEs who now also hold EU AME approval who may be able to conduct a UK renewal medical examination at the same time as an EU one or separately. AMEs who have previously conducted EU medical examinations for SOLI'd out applicants may have those records available.

Close AME renewal of the last UK-issued medical that has expired for less than 2 years

AME renewal of the last UK-issued medical that has expired for more than 2 years but less than 5 years

Applicants who have previously State of Licence Issue (SOLI) transferred-out from the UK to another European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) state and whose last UK-issued EU medical certificate has expired for more than 2 years but less than 5 years (*1) can apply to a UK certificated Aero Medical Examiner (AME) for a 'lapsed' renewal medical examination of the appropriate class (see table of medical certificate validity periods). For this medical examination and assessment, the UK AME should review the AME reports of all the EU aeromedical examinations that have occurred since leaving as well as medical reports of all conditions that have occurred or monitored since the last UK medical. Referral to The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) may be required).

For example, if an applicant had their last UK AME-issued EU medical certificate on 1 October 2016 with a 12 month validity, they could have a 'lapsed' renewal medical examination with a UK AME (*2) up until 1 October 2022. When the medical certificate is then issued by the AME, the fitness status is available to the CAA licensing department to be able to follow their process to issue any licence conversion that has been applied for (but not before).

Applicants should therefore consider this option for obtaining a UK medical certificate when deciding the timing of beginning their licence conversion application.


Note *1: Applicants who wish to obtain a UK-issued medical certificate via revalidation/renewal need to provide all aeromedical records for the intervening period for the fitness assessment.

Note *2: There are already some UK-approved AMEs who now also hold EU AME approval who may be able to conduct a UK renewal medical examination at the same time as an EU one or separately. AMEs who have previously conducted EU medical examinations for SOLI'd out applicants may have those records available.

Close AME renewal of the last UK-issued medical that has expired for more than 2 years but less than 5 years

Eligibility for EU-UK medical certificate conversion process

The application process to convert a current EU medical certificate to a UK one (without having a UK Aero Medical Examiner (AME) medical examination) is for applicants who hold a valid non-UK issued EU licence (and an applicable medical certificate), who have previously held a UK-issued EU Licence and/or medical certificate which had been transferred-out from the UK to another European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) state.

This process will cease after 31 December 2022

Please note the medical process is not applicable to the following scenarios:

Non-EU licence holders and EU licence holders who have never held a UK-issued licence

Applicants must apply for an initial medical certificate of the appropriate class at an Aeromedical Centre (AeMC) for Classes 1 & 3 or an AME for Class 2 and Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL). (Please note revalidation standards of the applicable class may apply to applicants who already hold the applicable licence (e.g. Class 1 for Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL)/Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)).

Previous UK Licence holders who transferred their licence to another EU state and whose EU medical certificate is not valid due to medical unfitness rather than expiry

Applicants should confirm licence eligibility with The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and preferably complete their unfitness episode to regain medical certification with their EU-authorised AME under the guidance of their existing EU SOLI. The form SRG1217 route to convert the medical is then available. If this is not possible, applicants can apply to a UK AME (or AeMC if unfit for more than 5 years) for a 'lapsed renewal' medical (supplying the medical reports of their EU AME medical and medical conditions as set out above. Referral to the CAA may be required).

Medical Certificate applicants who are unable to provide the required information for this process, or whose previous UK-AME-issued medical certificate has expired for more than 5 years

Applicants will have to apply for an initial medical certificate of the appropriate class at an AeMC for classes 1 & 3, or an AME for Class 2 and LAPL (Please note that revalidation standards of the applicable class apply to applicants who already hold the applicable licence (e.g. class 1 for CPL/ATPL)). Full medical history and appropriate supporting reports will have to be provided to the AME/AeMC to be able to make an assessment. Referral to the CAA may be required.

Close Eligibility for EU-UK medical certificate conversion process

How to apply for the EU to UK medical certificate conversion process

Before submitting your application, you must register for medical access via your portal account. 

Please submit an online application form (SRG1217)

Documents to include with your application

You will need to upload the following documents with any application:

  • a certified copy of your passport (preferred) or full UK photographic driving licence
  • a copy of your current medical certificate
  • a copy of the Authorisation Certificate of the aeromedical examiner (AME) who performed your current medical. See note 1.

Note 1. From 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2022, non-UK EU AMEs (and Aeromedical Centres (AeMCs)) will only be ‘recognised’ by the UK if the AME (or AeMC) approval certificate was valid on or before 31 December 2020 and had not expired, been suspended or revoked when the medical examination was performed. Examinations and assessments performed by EU Occupational Health Medical Practitioners (OHMP)s will not be recognised).

The information below shows additional documents that you will need to include.

In all cases please include the following if you have suffered a period of unfitness, or undergone medical examinations or tests for safety assurance purposes:

  • copies of all the medical reports and supporting tests that have been used to assess your medical fitness. Formal application for these records should normally be sent to the data controller of your records which will normally be the Medical Department of your EU State of Licence Issue. Your AME, GP or Specialist may be able to assist with data/report copy requests where the National Aviation Authority (NAA) is not the data controller.

Additional tests and/or reports to demonstrate compliance with the requirements may be required to assess your fitness.

If your medical certificate is not valid you must renew it with your current state but note from 1 January 2021 the AME needs to be recognised by the UK.

If your medical certificate issued by an EU AME after 1 January 2021 and before 31 December 2022, the AME who performed the medical must have had a valid authorisation from an European Union Authority Safety Agency (EASA) member state and it not have been revalidated, renewed, suspended or revoked.

We will have to reject your application if the AME's approval was issued after 31 December 2020.

If your medical certificate is valid and last medical was performed by a UK AME or an EASA AME and sent to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as your State of Licence Issue (SOLI) before 31 December 2020

Please include:

  • a copy of your current medical certificate

If your medical certificate is valid, was issued before 31 December 2020 and you have had medical(s) since the SOLI transfer out

Please include:

  • a copy of your current medical certificate

Also include copies of the following:

  • all the medical application and examination forms and tests (ECG and Audiograms). Formal application for these records should normally be sent to the data controller of your records which will normally be the Medical Department of your EU State of Licence Issue. Your AME, GP or Specialist may be able to assist with data/report copy requests where the NAA is not the data controller.
    and
  • medical certificates from the AME medical examinations you have had.

If your medical certificate is still valid, was issued between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2022 by a non-UK European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AME recognised by the UK and you have had a medical(s) since the SOLI transfer out

Please include:

  • a copy of your current medical certificate
  • copies of the records of all the medical application and examination forms, tests (ECG and Audiograms), and medical certificates from the AME medical examinations you have had. Formal application for these records should normally be sent to the data controller of your records which will normally be the Medical Department of your EU State of Licence Issue. Your AME, GP or Specialist may be able to assist with data/report copy requests where the NAA is not the data controller.
  • you must attach a copy of the authorisation certificates of all the EASA AMEs who have conducted medicals for you after 1/1/21 (These should be obtained at the same time as your medical records).

Application fee

The application of a UK medical certificate following this process has a non-refundable fee of £108.

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