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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.

New medical records system now available

Please see the guidance on the new medical records system (Cellma).

Anyone wishing to become an Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCO) will need to obtain a EU Class 3 medical certificate as part of the licensing requirements. The initial medical examination must be carried out at an Aeromedical Centre.


There is no minimum age for the application of an EU Class 3 medical certificate. However those applicants under the age of 17 may require additional specialist paediatric review.

How long is it valid for?

Validity of medical certificate Under 40 24 months
40 plus 12 months
Electrocardiogram At initial  
Under 30 48 months
30 plus At all examinations thereafter
Audiogram At initial  
Under 40 48 months
40 plus 24 months
Comprehensive Ophthalmological examination At initial  
If exceeds +3D to -3D 4 years
If exceeds -6D 2 years
Tonometry At initial then first examination  
Over 40  
Pulmonary function tests At initial (FEV/FVC),  
then if clinically indicated  
Urinalysis At every examination  
Blood lipids At initial, then at age 40  
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What happens next?

The initial medical examination includes:

  • a full physical medical examination by a doctor
  • detailed eyesight tests including a colour vision assessment
  • a resting electrocardiogram (ECG) to check your heart
  • spirometry to assess your lung function
  • an audiogram to evaluate your hearing
  • urine testing
  • blood test to check lipids
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