National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners Final Rule Issued
On Wednesday, April 18th, the FMCSA announced it is establishing a National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners and will require medical professionals who perform driver examinations to be trained, tested and certified on specific physical qualifications that can affect a driver's ability to safely operate a vehicle. [A long awaited move!]
FMCSA will provide online access to the list of medical professionals who have completed the required training. Those who fail to maintain ongoing standards after certification will be removed from the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners database.
Medical professionals that want to get certified to perform driver exams will be able to sign up starting this summer. Until then, FMCSA will approve curricula for training and testing centers.
In 30 days, FMCSA will post the standards it will use when training and testing medical professionals to admit to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. They will be made available to all stakeholders to view at http://nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov/. After posting, people will be able to sign up at this link to get updates on implementation of the rule.
Starting May 21, 2014, all certified examiners must be in the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners database, and all drivers will be required to get an examination from this list of professionals. Each time a driver examination is completed, drivers are examined, the medical professional will have to submit the driver’s name and a numerical identifier to FMCSA.