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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.

During the Post EU exit UK ‘recognition’ period (until 31/12/2022) the UK CAA is making available to EU licence holders, an additional alternative route to obtaining a UK Medical Certificate in support of their licence application.

This medical guidance should be read in conjunction with the guidance and procedures relating to licence conversion applications.

This flow chart is to assist applicants.

Standard route for obtaining UK Medical certificates to support 3rd country licence conversions

  • Obtain an initial examination from a UK-certified Aeromedical Centre (AeMC, for Classes 1 and 3) or UK-certified Aeromedical Examiner (AME for Class 2 and LAPL)

To book an initial medical see list of UK CAA-certificated AeMCs and AMEs

Alternative ‘Recognition’ Route (available until 31/12/2022)

  • Applicants may apply to ‘convert’ an existing valid EU medical certificate (that is ‘recognised’ as if issued by’ by the UK), to a full UK one, by obtaining a copy of their medical records from their existing NAA Sate of Licence Issue.

The UK Law that transitioned the aviation regulations from the EU into UK law included a clause that accommodates a smooth transition process. This clause created a period (1/1/21-31/12/2022) of ‘recognition’ (subject to conditions) of certain EU-issued licences, approvals, and certificates. These documents are therefore currently treated ‘as if issued’ by the UK for the purpose of operating/flying UK-registered aircraft etc.

Given the above legal position, provided the UK CAA can hold the applicant’s aeromedical records, continued renewal/revalidation UK medicals can be issued, thereby negating the need for an initial medical.

The minimum records requirement for the CAA to be satisfied that it holds the appropriate records will therefore be the same as that which was operated when the UK was part of Europe and Licence/Medical State of Licence Issue Transfer processes were in place.

Please note that there are now no SOLI-transfer regulations relating to the UK, but applicants can exercise their Subject Data Access Rights under the European GDPR regulations to obtain a copy of their aeromedical records. Further, under these regulations, the Data Subject can request that information is sent to a third party (e.g. the UK CAA Medical Department) directly.

How to apply for the ‘EU to UK NAA medical certificate conversion process’

Please submit an online application form (SRG1217)

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

  • A certified copy of your passport (preferred) or full photographic driving licence
  • A copy of your current medical certificate. (Note If your medical certificate is not valid you must renew it with your current EU state)
  • A copy of the medical records held by your current EU National Authority. The UK CAA will accept the data/information directly from them to UKMedCert@caa.co.uk in either of 2 formats:
    • Provision of your data in the form (completed in English – see note 1) of a completed EU NAA to UK ‘Medical Conversion Report,’ form signed by the current EU NAA Medical Assessor enclosing the records as if transferring records between EU states (see EU Aircrew regulation PART.ARA.MED 150 (c) and (d)) , or:
    • Full Formal Data Subject Access Request format for all the medical reports supporting tests and medical reports that constitute these records (see note 1).

When the application is reviewed by the CAA Medical Assessor, additional tests and/or reports to demonstrate compliance with the UK requirements may be required to assess your fitness. For example, if you are colour defective, you will need to have had advanced colour vision testing acceptable to the CAA.

When the UK CAA is satisfied that the UK medical requirements are met, a UK medical certificate will be issued based on the ‘recognised’ EU medical and on expiry will then subsequently need to be revalidated or renewed by a UK-certified AME.

Note 1: If medical reports/data is not provided in English, the applicant will be notified to obtain a certified translation into English. The CAA will not be responsible for any charges incurred.

Application fee

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

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