We use necessary cookies to make our website work. We'd also like to use optional analytics cookies to help us improve it.
For more information, please read our cookie policy.

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, 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.

Revalidation and renewal medical examinations can be carried out at by any '1' rated Aeromedical Examiner (AME). Use find an AME for contact details.

Who can apply?

Anyone who has held a EU Class 3 medical certificate, which has not expired by more than 5 years.

What can I expect?

The examination includes:

  • a full physical medical examination by a doctor
  • eyesight tests
  • a resting electrocardiogram (ECG) if due
  • spirometry to assess your lung function
  • an audiogram, if due
  • urine testing
  • blood test to check lipids if due

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  
Close How long is it valid for?

Decrease in Medical Fitness

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).

Contact information

Use our Find an AME database to locate an Aeromedical Examiner in your area.

Latest from UK Civil Aviation Authority

  1. Shaping up to be a busy 2022 for UK CAA’s General Aviation Unit
  2. CAA launches consultation on environmental effects of first UK space launch from Cornwall
  3. Farnborough 2022: Sir Stephen Hillier - Where next for aviation and aerospace

View all latest news